Love Month 2018 Swap Received Cards

I really love postcards!  Mint ones and written and stamped ones.  After the Christmas 2017 swap, I then organized the Valentine’s 2018 Swap.

The group was not as big as the Christmas swap because I limit it to 15 participants para isang group lang.  So the following cards are the ones I received for the Love Season 2018.

— A nice card from Sir Wilz! —

— A heart drawn in the sand. so cute, lovely, and kind of romantic. Sent all the way from New York! —

–A card showing an area an hour away from Loma Linda, the home place of Ate Joy! Thank you,
Ate Joy for this card! —

— A personal design of sis Quelynn really intended for the Valentines 2018 swap event. —

— Another cute card from Yvi! I love the back part because it was decorated with a gold tape. Lovely!

— YOU from Jennifer Chan.
I love this because YOU reminds me of many songs:

YOU are the one who makes me happy when everything else turns to gray…
YOU are the song playing so softly in my heart…
YOU are my sunshine…

–A valentine greetings from Sis Willa all the way from USA! —

–Sakura love from Japan! Reminds me of spring.  Thank you sis, Clang!

–Flower love from Lance! The flower is pretty but marred by that ink stamped huhuhu —

–A quote postcard sent all the way from Hong Kong! Thank you, Joy Lim! —

–This sweet card is from Joy Camato. The candy makes it soooo sweet! —

–A love quote card from Sandra! So beautiful! The verse in the front is one of my favorite texts —

–A dreamy view of the Eifel Tower in Paris. Thank you Abegail! —

–A quote card from Maricel. Mailed from the Philippines because she was home during the swap time 🙂

–A cute illustrated card from Sundae Domingo. Dreamy scene. —

I know another swap call will be made later this month for the Easter time. 🙂

I am really happy to receive these cards. Thank you each one who has joined the Valentine’s 2018 swap.

Learning to Let Go

I went away for the weekend to go along with my daughter to another city for her second rotation.  It was not planned.  But since the school decided to let the students go on their own , anytime and any day in the week as long as they should be there before the Sunday orientation,  I then decided to go along with her and see to myself that she has settled well with her roommates in the room assigned to them.


I did not mind going along and taking the long trip because I love to travel.  Opportunities like this makes my feet literally H A P P Y!


Happy me and the girls.

For 2 nights, we slept side by side in the big bed.  On the first night, just the two of us while on the second night, Shaira was already in, so the 3 of us in the big bed.  I am suppose to travel back on the second night, but due to the strong rain, I decided to sleep in and wake up early the next morning.

The Sunday orientation was suddenly changed into a Saturday night schedule.  They reported at six in the evening and I thought they would be done in an hour or two. But nah, they came home past 10 in the evening with the news that they have to wake up early for the 5 o’clock bayanihan!   I do not know what to feel and react!  I just kept my cool and tried to look happy for them.  But really I cannot understand why they have to do the bayanihan on their first day before rotation.  Anyways, my plan to leave early the next day became definite.

Early morning came and the kids left for the hospital before I got ready to leave. I was not able to stick to my plan to wake up really really early. Ha ha ha. Lazy me! But indeed I did not feel like going home.  I had wished for a moment that I worked there so that I would stay there until their rotation is over.

I stopped daydreaming and left the house and I arrived at Ecoland terminal before the bus got full.

When the bus was about to leave, I tried calling the daughter.  Her phone just rang but she is not picking up.  I let it pass.  When the bus left, I called again. I just wanted to say that the bus has left and I am really going now.  Still the phone was not picked. I tried many times until the bus passed by the hospital, and still my call wasn’t picked.  I felt more sad than disappointed.  The fact that I am leaving her and we will not be together for some months hit me hard on the chest.  Then the tears started to fall fast.  I tried calling again while controlling a sob.  It took some time for me to feel better and stopped crying.


Despite my tears, my sad feeling was never obvious to my seatmate – a lady who was excited to touch the clouds when they reach their destination.  My tears were hidden but I cannot stop blowing my nose. lols!

My mind then wandered to the time in the past when my mother brought during my first trip to Mountain view College for my college education. I can no longer remember if I cried when she left. But it made me wonder what she felt that time when she left me there.

I was already far from the city when the daughter called.  She said she tried several times to contact me but I was out of reached.  Possibly because of the signal in some areas.  She was laughing when she knew I cried.  She laughs while I cried!  Oh kids these days! lols!  She asked me why I cried.  And later she said, “stop crying na”.

The tears eventually stopped falling and I said to myself, I should start to learn the art of letting go of a child – because one day they eventually leave me and will have a life of their own.  I guess it is just easy to say it and think of it, but when the time comes, no matter how ready I would be, I will still bawl in tears.

Davao City is not really too far but it is farther than MVC and the daughter will not be home for several months.  So that explains my sudden sadness.  I then thought maybe I would make Davao my kitchen. lols!


Christmas 2017 Swap Postcards Received

For several December now, I have been joining Christmas swap.   I was the one who organized the swap in 2016 as well as this year.  As of this making, I can sense that 2016 swap is 90% success compared to the December 2015 swap.

I am posting this so you can have a glimpse of all the cards I received for December 2016,


1. Thank you Jennifer Chan for this church decoration card.


2. This yummy sweet card is sent all the way from Loma Linda, California.  Thank you Ate Joy!



3.  This one is so Christmas!  I love it!  Thank you Sandra Regino!


4. An interesting one for the season.  Thank you Edcel for this.


5.  It’s Christmas but this card was a unique one for the season.  I have this kind of card but different types of dancers. 🙂  Thank you JC!


6.  This is so cute and lovely for the season!  Thank you, Mitch!


7.  This beautiful sunset card was sent all the way from Japan.  Thank you so much, Sis Clang!  This came with cute stamps.


8.  A lovely card all the way from Australia.  A perfect picture for the season.  Thank you, Cindy!


9.  This card is from Elaine and she mentioned that this card was made by her students at Wordlab school.


10.  A card from North Pole! Yay!  Thank you Michelle Mullins for this pretty card from winter wonderland!


11.  This card is really new to me and I like it!  I wish there’s more like this available in Philippine stores.  I love the word “Kumusta from the Philippines” on it.  Then you, Yen for choosing this one for me.


12.  Turtle card! Love love this.  This is from sis Vix.  Thank you so much!


13.  This nature card is from Jay Valmonte all the way from Cagayan de Oro.  The city next to us going north. 🙂  Thanks, Jay!


14.   This Christmas card is from Tatit. Cute and pretty.  Thank you, Tatit!


15. Another lovely postcard with an inspiring words – sent by Anthony.  Thank you!


Thank you everyone for a wonderful Christmas swap.  Until the next swap!

Postcrossing | Chinese Architecture

This straight inclined roofs are commonly seen in “old dwellings” in China. I say old because in urban places, old dwellings were converted into places of tall buildings to accommodate the population. But still when you see one of these, you can still feel the wamth of traditional dwellings.



The greetings read:

Hi! Nice to meet you! I’m from Zhejiang, China. And I believe in the word of the fate. So I am very glad that I can write you. 🙂 (with smiley) Happy Postcossing! — Dayue / October 31, 2017

So this card has been mailed quite a long time already and I received it just few days ago. Quite a long time, but I am glad it has arrived.

The stamp used is a building with the Great Wall at the background. I still I cannot decide if this is a definitive stamp or a commemorative one.


Postcrossing | Sushi House of Cat

This is one of the first cards I received from China this year 2018.  But in reality, this card will still be included in the 2017 card received census since this was sent in 2017.

It’s a Japanese inspired designed cat. I love cats so I love this card.


The greetings read:

Greetings from China! This is a cute cat. And I hope you love it! Happy Postcrossing! All Happy — Songzhe

The stamps used are also cute. I like the warmness exude by its color.


2017 Wrap-Up

I would like to wrap-up my 2017 in few photos and few words (1545 exactly). lols!


The new months started alright.  Work was alright and pressure was within limits.  Though I can remember the late nights booking for the AMCI Managers & Admin Korea trip scheduled for June 2017.


The 65th anniversary of the hospital had its kick-off this month.   All the weekends from this month April was packed with activities attended by all workers – young and old!


This was the venue of the kick-off. Our guests of the afternoon was the President of the SPUC, Elder Edwin C. Gulfan and our beloved Iligan City Mayor, Honorable Celso Regencia.


I cannot forget this colorful decoration.  After the kick-off, group presentations were held at the back lawn of the Annex Building.


Blessing the new hospital vehicle, a Montero, was also done this month.

The first wedding I attended for this year also happened on a February.  Rey & Swyt’s wedding in Butuan City.



Rey & Swyt were married at Tamarind Church in Butuan City.


The month of March was SHINE – Sharing Hope, Health and Happiness to Neighborhoods Everywhere  Future Leaders Bootcamp held Saddle Ridge Camp, Dahilayan, Bukidnon.  If my memory serves me right, the training was attended by the 3rd and 4th batch of future leaders.


One major thing that happened during this month was the gala night.  The culmination of the 65th Anniversary celebration.

The gala was held at Frosty Bites Garden Hall. It was a night where the workers came to attend looking so dashing and elegant in their evening wear.


The highlight for this month was my official trip to Manila.  My first errand was for our Hemo water analysis at East Avenue Medical Center – NLRC.   It is during this kind of trip that whoever goest to NLRC for the water analysis, he or she carries an icebox that make you look like you are selling some iced water or ice candy. lols!


My 2nd & 3rd day in Manila was spent submitting korean visa application at the Korean Embassy in Taguig.   I applied for more than sixty persons.  I scheduled it for a day only, but time ran out for me, so I had to come back the next day for the remaining applications.


The embassy as seen from across the street as I was waiting for a taxi to bring me to BGC where I would take a BGC bus that will drop me at the last stop (Telus building) and then it would be an easy walk down Ayala avenue.

The visa releasing schedule was after 3 days and after 5 days that was why I stayed in Manila for more than a week.  After the release of visa for the the first batch of applications, I had a Korean food treat. lols! It was a late lunch because visa releasing starts at 1:30 in the afternoon.


The happy look after checking all passports of the first batch got the Korean visa.  Hindi halata na gutom. lols!


I know that the weekend would be a drag as I do not have any errand to do. So I woke up early Saturday morning and caught a bus for Baguio City.  Geared with an overnight bag, a dslr , a phone,and selfie stick, I was so happy to begin my adventure.


Together with the stuff mentioned above is a “thick face” to approach other tourists to take a photo of me. lols! I had lots of photos taken, 90% selfie lols! and the rest were kindly requested. (More details of this Baguio trip will be lar lar in my Travel Tails 2017 post.)

May was also a month to remember for AMCians because it was this month that the President Rodrigo Duterte visited the wounded soldiers as a result of the war in Marawi.


After the visa released, June came so fast.  Laag makes the days fly by so quickly.  As in super dali jud then the day came when the Korea Benchmarking time has to begin.  The groups left the Philippines via Mactan International Airport and Ninoy Aquino International Airport.  The day were the same but the flight time are different.  I joined the group that left Philippines (via Cebu) the last but kind of the big group.


Flying the Philippine skies.


Touchdown at Incheon Airport, South Korea.

A group stayed for 4 days, the most 5 days, and a few 6 days.  We were not accommodated in one flight due to the fluctuation of prices during the booking period.

Here’s us, Sabbath afternoon, a quick sight-seeing at Sahmyook University.


photo credit: Edison


photo credit: Edison

More about this in my later post – Travel Tales 2017.


One thing I cannot forget this month was — I turned 45!


Then Robinsons opened to the public, feeling fortunate to witness the event. I also had the chance to see Daniel M up close 😀



Daniel Matsunaga up close – a bit of an arm length away:


And it was this month, my phone was stolen.  It got stolen while taking a jeepney ride from Robinson’s Place (opening event) to the center of the city.

Eat Iligan (2nd year), organized by Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc, also took place this month.


August | September

These months were filled with holidays that later on we feel bored not going to work. lols! But one thing made the September exciting was we made a weekend trip of the Red Team (Mt. Kanchenjunga) to Alindahaw Lakewood Resort.





It was a refreshing getaway in spite of the long distance travel. It would have been more fun if all the team members went with the trip.

The second wedding event I attended this year was of Lai and Josiah. Held at Mahogany Gardens. It was a nice and intimate wedding ceremony with family and few close friends.

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My October started with a 5-days Writing seminar at SPUC.


It was then followed by the 2nd batch of in-campus SHINE Future Leaders Training.



3 days of the end week of the month was spent on a quick trip to Zamboanguita, Negros Occ because one of our fellow worker (Uncle Bebe Candelario Davad) died.  We spent the last night vigil there as well we attended the Burial services.

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A quick trip to the beach before going up at the host’s house for lunch
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A pose for remembrance with the immediate family of the bereaved together with our accommodation host (Mrs. Gozo & Dolores)

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Another thing to note during this month was the wedding of  DOTS stars!   But at the of the month, the events reminded me of the movie A Wedding and a Funeral, because on October 30, a good Korean actor, Kim Joo Hyuk died at the age of 45 due to a vehicular accident.


November at work was kind of busy. Busy planning for the year-end program as well as in the preparation for the TUV-SUD audit.


This month was full of excitement for the hospital workers.  The Lord gave bountiful blessings to AMCI this year thus the Administration decided to surprise the workers with more financial blessings this year compared to the previous years. Thus, our year-end celebration’s theme is #SalamatAMCI2017. We owe all our blessings to the Lord so all our praises and thanks to Him.

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The door prizes thrilled everyone.  The longing of winning the grand prizes glued our butt to our seats until the end of the program.

December 17 was an important date for Meloy and Rex because it was their wedding day. I was chosen as one of the Peer Sponsors on their wedding day (the 3rd wedding i attended this year).
The wedding was held at AMCC campus church and the reception was held at Frosty Bites Garden Hall. The crowd was a mix of AMCI friends and MVC friends.

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Photo credit: Rona Guillena

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Personally, 2017 was a struggle. I am so thankful I survived!  There are 3 days more to go before 2017 totally says goodbye, but I am positive that this year shall pass and I will still be standing with an “okey” look.  Thank you Lord for every new day that has come to me.  It gave me hope to live for the next day.

I became so crazy with Korean dramas this year(sounds bad) but in a a way it helped me in dealing the (sad) monster inside me because the movies helped me make a good laugh as well as gave me a good reason to cry.  At some point, I become an irresponsible fan (happy about break-ups and irresponsible comments) but when a celebrity dies, I came to realize that for them to live happy, I have to accept whatever choices they make.

I cried for Kim Joo Hyuk’s death much more for the death of Kim Jonghyun.

Kim Woo Bin’s illness made me really sad for him and his career that from time to time I check YT for updates.  I look forward to his come back.

Lovelife for real is still zero.  Don’t wonder why.  Somehow I wish 2018 will be a kinder one for me when it comes to love found not love lost. lols!

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So this is 2017 in the personal and work life of Sunshinelene.

I wish everyone of you a prosperous and happy new year 2018!

Disclaimer:  Photos used in this post are mine (watermarked & non)
unless otherwise by someone below the photo.


MMA Batch 1990 Mini Meet-Up

There was a call for a mini meet-up a week before the date of meeting.  It’s been awhile that us classmates from Iligan and Cagayan de Oro and somewhere in between had been together.  Though the guys from cdo often meet-up when they could. Mas ubay ubay man pud gud sila didto. 🙂 But Clyde and family were home for a vacation from Australia, so we met and spent time with each other.

Anyways, we had the get together at a new resort in Libertad called C Resort. Thanks to Jun Dy for introducing to us the place.  It was nice. The pool was an eyes candy.


I have an eye for bursting colors so I took a lot of photos of the pool from the cabana where we lanay. Pools were suppose to be a place for swimming, but we preferred to lanay up there than enjoy the water and the sun down there. I start to think that maybe because of our age. lols! Nah they were just so busy catching up with each other.



The place is amidst nature so it was a perfect place to unwind.  To me, Mr. Sun was just so harsh that time that I don’t wanna leave the place with roof. Init jud kaayo para nako.  I kept thinking of the cool waters of Timoga. ha ha ha

Anyways, after some hours of almost “endless chika” ay catching up diay, we went out of the cabana to take pictures together.

It’s good to be together in times like this.  I can feel that we still act and laugh like high school bunch, but it’s good.  I think if we don’t have a regular meet-up, we could drift apart since almost all of us have different jobs and different priorities.  If we don’t agree to meet then pwede na mag limutay.  Sound sad. But nah some guys in the batch are very active – so we will still meet-up from time to time.  Even if none from abroad comes home, we would still meet up.

Here are some of our group photos:


Attendance checked:
Melody, Cristine, Lucille, Fermel, Ervin, Clyde, Eun Ae, Nelson, Meriam, Christina, Ariel.
That baby is the first apo of the batch.



So this is all for now! Until the next time, which is soon. 🙂

Venue: C-Resort @ Libertad, Misamis Oriental
Resort entrance:  100.00
Pool fee: 200.00
Cabana’s fee: 1650.00

Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo Tied the Knot Today


(photo not mine)

Song Song Nuptials
Date: October 31, 2017
Venue: Shilla Hotel, Seoul, South Korea

Thoughts of loneliness for my departed love ones were overtaken by the thought that my favorite Korean Drama couple, Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo got wedded today.

This is my number one and only news as of today. lols!

I was already a big fan of Song Hye Kyo way back many years ago in her drama Autumn Love. She became more amazing and sweetly beautiful in the 2016 drama Descendants of the Sun.  She had a great acting chemistry with Song Joong Ki, that after the drama ended, many had DOTS hangover and wished them they become couple in real life.  Their “acting” was so real that one can easily sense, they are a couple in the drama in real life.  The BTS videos on you tube can make one feel so kilig of their chemistry.

DOTS is the first drama I watched with Soong Joong Ki and i right away liked him.  In an instant, I suddenly go gaga over him and his female lead. Bagay man gud kaayo sila!  Because of that, I did not miss watching his newest movie, Battleship Island.  The thing he worked on right after DOTS.

Both of them have no drama coming up yet.  But during the early news of their engagement, it was mentioned that Hye Kyo will retire from work.  Whatever be their plans, the millions of fans will support them!

I really wish them forever happiness, gazillion of love, and true commitment for each other.