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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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2017 Wrap-Up

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

January 

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.

February 

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!

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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.

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

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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.

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

March

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.

April

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

May

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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

June

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.

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Flying the Philippine skies.

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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.

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photo credit: Edison

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photo credit: Edison

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

July

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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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October

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

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

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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

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.

December

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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Confessions:

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.

 

Celebs Look-Alike :-)

I found this in my draft folder and it was being drafted in 2008. I tried checking it out if I could make an update, unfortunately, the Celebrity-Look-Alikes no longer exist.  But the Heritage website is still the same, but it’s now a site that will help make your family as long as you provide the right data. 🙂

So these are my look-alikes back in 2008.

 

Overnight @ Ozamis City

During my birthday last month, I went on a birthday trip to Siquijor.  Thanks to Alex, for helping me make the trip possible.

Iligan City is still 5 hrs away from Dapitan, so we are leaving the night before our journey to Dapitan.  Dapitan is our jump off point to Dumaguete en route to Siquijor. Hoping to arrive Siquijor that same day we traveled from Dapitan.

We left Iligan, Friday afternoon, after my work.  We took the bus going to Mukas since it will take a longer time to wait for the bus that goes direct to Ozamis.  I had a booking at the Western Mindanao Conference guesthouse so I was confident that we will have a good sleep before we start the long journey the next day.

This is our accommodation for the night:

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we stayed in a room where eight couples can be accommodated. So you can just imagine how comfortable we are. I had one bed for me and the other one for alex. I almost had a hard time dragging myself out of bed that morning because the mattress is just so firm enough and the pillows are fluffy. I can really spell C O M F O R T A B L E correctly! Thank you my friend, Mr. WMC President for that overnight accommodation.

After we left the campus, we decided to have breakfast before proceeding to the terminal.

Spell breakfast…

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J O L L I B E E!

Thankfulness Thoughts

<3 salamat Ginoo sa mga panalangin nga imong gi bubo karong semanaha.

<3 salamat sa kinabuhi nga ginatagamtam namo taman karong tungora.

<3 salamat sa amiga ug amigo nga nakapapugong sa akong edad ug naghatag kanako ug gugmay ug kalipay.

<3 salamat pud sa pagtandong sa kasing kasing ni pulis nga nakapanweldo siya sa iyang mga asawa.

<3 salamat pud sa mga trabaho nga imong gihatag ug sa mga inughatag pa.

<3 salamat sa mga pulong ug mga edea nga moabot sa among hunahuna sa panahon nga magkandarapa mi ug sinulat sa imong mga panalangin.

Palihug pud ko ug hikap sa kasingkasing sa mga tao luyo sa paypal nga hinaut itaas ang baylo aron dili modugo among ilong sa kaguol nga human sa binilaray ug sulat ug mga gitara ug uban pa, malipay pud ang tanan ga trabaho.

I am just happy to see and be able to talk with old friends.  I felt so loved and I thank God for people like them.  <3

May: the Travel Month is Over!

May 2012 is over and June is here.  Goodbye May and I want you to know that I had the great time of my life during your time.  Imagine, I made 4 trips just within the whole month.  Trips to places that i’ve never been to yet and to places where i’ve set foot many many years ago yet.

Thanks to time there is what we call summer and there is also what we call vacation that made me able to do these trips.  I’d like to think that April was a super busy month for me plus the death of my father, so I deserve to have a break during the second summer month.

The first trip was to Davao (first week of May) for the Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2012.  Been to places that if not for DFAT I will never have the chance to see and enjoy the food and places for a good four days.

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The second trip was to Siquijor with some friends from work.  We ferried to that mystic island via Dumaguete and it is also my first time to set foot in Dumaguete. It was a planned trip that we agreed on since middle of last year. So I can say I am a bit prepared for it – emotionally and financially.

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But even how much prepared I think I was — I was not ready for the heat! Temperature so high in Siquijor that the moment you are out of your hotel room, sweat just pour out continuously for three days.

The two other trips for the month of May was not planned for long.  The Tour Mindanao of the workers was only planned in April and the unexpected trip to Kidapawan was only decided that week and the huling hirit for the summer get way was to Hong Kong which was decided only in April.

Good thing Tour Mindanao trip is free same with the Kidapawan, but the one in HK was not free.  It’s my daughter’s trip, but as her mom I have to tag along.  Thanks to Adbeans, I  was able to buy my ticket.

It’s now June and after the HK trip last weekend, and the Gingoog one day trip last Thursday, i’ve got to rest for now and just work and work.

I’ve got some planned trips coming up but still in few months.  There’s still time to work to pay for a P1600.00 travel tax.

More travel-related posts is posted at my travel blog and photos are posted in my Facebook account.

Visit to Tinago Falls: 2011

Months ago, August 27 exactly, I made my third visit to Tinago Falls. The first time was in 1993. I was still in college that time and I was with friends and schoolmates who were working in the business office of Mountain View College. That time, there was still no descent stairs to go pass. The going down was okey but in coming up, we have to grab on tall and sturdy bushes. It was tiring but not as tiring as my second visit.

The second visit in 2008 and I was with my daughter and relatives. There were many of us and the kids loved their swimming time in the pool. For me, I just enjoyed the sides and taking pictures. I have shared a bit of the experience somewhere in this blog. On our way back, I went up with the first group. While others were still queuing in the shower to change, me and my daughter went up ahead. It was still okey. I was already big that time and the going was still manageable.

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Then in August this year, the third time happen and it still looks like I went swimming because I was bathing in my perspiration. Still I enjoyed the moments with my camera while my friend enjoyed swimming and the gakit ride. When the whistle sounded that we have to vacate the place, I started going up. I am 50+ lbs overweight so surely I can’t make ten steps at a time so I have to go slow. Slowly and slowly. I walked alone and their was no one behind me nor anyone ahead of me that can see me in my slow steps. Luckily, I made it to the top! I smiled when I saw this:

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I think I made 10 stops in the whole duration of my ascent. I know I should not force myself to hurry up when all my friends were still down and even if they were ahead, I will still use the pace that would be enough for my heart or else I will pass out and will cause unnecessary worries to my friends. 🙂

The third visit was made possibly by the City Government extended to Iligan Bloggers Summit.  Thanks to the people whom gratitude is due for in relation to my third visit to Tinago Falls in Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

I am pretty!!! No matter what they say. ~~

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Reflection Shot

This photo reminds me of the song REFLECTION by Lea Salonga in the movie Mulan. I really loved that song. But listening to the version of Christina Aguilera it is also nice. If you think the photo is an eye sore then just enjoy the music.