Forever 72!

Happy Birthday, Mother!


Never a day passed that we don’t think of you. I felt thankful that you left without experiencing so much pain, but yet at times the void that you left in my heart is painful. I never mind shedding a tear when my heart pained because I guess as long as we are still in this world, it is normal. So I look forward to the day when we all shall meet and be together again, when the tears shed will be tears of joy.

We always remember that July 20 is your birthday. Today would have been your 76th birthday. Hmmm you are still 76 wherever you are, Ma but we here always realize that you are forever 72. It’s not bad. God has blessed you in many ways in spite how our like is hard at times.

You are are always fondly remembered, Ma.

I love you!

Yay It’s Friday!

I always love to say, “thank God, it’s Friday!”

Today is another Friday. The five days feels like any week where everyone is busy and me too is busy.  I was so busy that I have to have less sleep so I can maintain my sanity during me time by reading.  I spent an hour or two of reading before letting my tired self slumber off to la la land.

The week has come to an end so fast.

More thoughts later as I am going to the market now.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Ffollowland Funny Tests!

There is this particular test to be taken, by just writing down your name and then it will give the kind of qualities you have according to your name.  I had mine but did not share it on FB because I wonder why the “jealous” portion is quite high. lol!

Anyways, i also tried doing the following: (the answers here were ones on the FIRST TAKE)

– where will i meet my soulmate?  ONLINE (on facebook) now that really made me laugh out loud.  Not just an ideal place for me. lol

– How many people are secretly in love with you? it gave an answer of 3! whoaaa i wish it will also give me a hint of who are they.

– First initial of my PERFECT MATCH!  oh i was so interested to know and it gave me a LETTER C! now who is that. I still haven’t met someone who is partner potential with a name that starts with letter C!

– Why am I still single?  oh i just so love the answer!  — Because you’re fine on your own. Better that than wasting time with some idiot. hehehehe nice answer jud!

– How jealous are you? You are sort of jealous! Now i dunno what is that range. may a 5 of 10 because it says: you are half-way in between. You just fight for what’s yours.  

– How good a kisser are you? and the answer made me whoaaa you are one hot kisser!


oh well it’s been awhile since I take nonesense tests. and it feels funny to take once in awhile. =)

Valentine 2014 Related Images ^&^

While most of the couples were out dating and spending special dinner night with their spouse or partners and kids, we were have class in Managerial accounting. Although we had dinner at Sunburst after class.

Nothing significant really happened except that, each customer at the restaurant were given a balloon

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The red is mine and the pink is from Doc DLC.

We had dinner there with our teacher and some of our classmates. The usual group actually that goes out with our teacher during Friday dinner. We usually have dinner at 5:30 because of the Sabbath.

The next day, as usual, I went to church and after church, while waiting to get on air at 2pm, I made some selfies (ang hirap ha!) in the office.  Let me share with you the result though I really had a hard time doing it 😀

Don’t make any palag na that I am sharing my own “selfies” because this is my blog. okey? hehehe Oh well I am just kidding. Please know that some simple stuff that I know I will be able to forget months later or next year or the next five years, I am keeping it here in my blog. So…i’m sharing.

This is moi…

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and here’s another moi…

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Both photos were framed using Photoscape frames.

I have so many photos I wish to share, but the effort of resizing it just makes me lazy even to make a blog post.

I Miss Blogging Contests

I’ve been slacking in many blog contests in the past months.  As much as I want to, I just can’t because of less time.  Joining contests is not just simply joining by blogging a contests.  Contests nowadays needs daily nurture like promotion on tweet, facebook, and other social medias so that you can earn points.  In my situation, all i can simply do is blog about it and just can’t do anything more than that except doing every step in rafflecopter – but only for one time.  So that will mean, I have less points to win any contests.

I miss those blogging days where I simply blog because I want to.  I miss those no pressure moments.  I really can’t say that it is easy to go back to those times.  I love the perks I am having now due to blogging, so I just can’t simply cancel (not renew) some other blogs to maintain one blog.  I know many bloggers can agree with me on stopping.

My wish for now is — time.  I wish I have more time to join contests.  Winnings in contests can really be an add on to income especially if they are cash prizes.  The last amount I won was $50 and that was in a blogging event in Manila last November.

Well well I should make time soon.

And I am also thinking of making my own contest. ^^ I still can’t decide which blog.

Nostalgia (my 5th)


A letter from a an experienced mom: a reply to this post.  A blog post i made in August of 2007.

I love this very long comment that i wished it was longer more.  But even then, it contains all what this mommy wants to tell me. 🙂

dear Arlene,

you asked the question, “Are we both confusing this 10 year old girl?”, which means you are open to discussions. and if it is all right with you, i am offering my thoughts.

i was kinda disturbed, what i did was to read your blogs (including All About Her”, to have a feel of how it is in your home. sad to say, my overall feeling is “pity this child”. sorry, my dear, but i am just being frank, on the other hand, who am i, but just an outsider, anyway.

but i am glad, you are opening up your doubts. i am talking based on experience, with myself and with my friends. i have been a mother for 27 years now–to 7 wonderful kids. i am not saying they are perfect, they each have their own loving flaws.

i have been working all my 27 years (took early retirement in oct 2007, but now doing what i like most–writing), and it was my mother, all along, who took care of my kids while i was at work (the past 10 years of which i have been away traveling 1/3 of the time).

oh, yes, my mom took care of my kids (am forever grateful for that), but she took loving care of them, but it was stressed–my way, not hers. you see, grandmothers can be controlling at times, or for others, too lenient. i saw to it, that i always discuss these things with my mom–hurt though she be sometimes, hurt though i may be sometimes. the bottomline is, we do not want to confuse.

i also saw a bit, nay a lot of “controlling” in you, coming with it your expectations. your daughter is just a child, dear, and children are supposed to have loving fun, of course school responsibilities are there, too. but you have to start from the very basic, have loving fun. for how can a child turn to her responsibilities, if she does not feel true fun, if she is so pressured.

i never pressured any of my kids, i have always been patient, o have always been cool. i have never tutored, nay even supervised them with their schooling. of course, i have always been there for them in case they need my help. most of them are honor students.

what we have more at home, and outside the home are gimmicks and happy moments. every night, before our family prayers, is that loving banter, which they so love, one of their favorite moments with family.

loosen up a bit, dear, i know you cannot do it overnight, but you can start by being friends with your daughter. talk with her about what makes her happy, about her interests. she’s just a child, in a few years, she will have other interests, she would have crushes, her life will now revolve with friends. cope, step by step, grow with her.

btw, one of my friends let her mom control her 3 kids (and spoil one), there was a point in time that she could not anymore intervene. they are now grown ups (17 to 24). know what? the 2 boys have not taken their college seriously, no one has completed college yet. only her daughter, who is now in 1st year college, who has become her friend in the later years, is taking college seriously). it’s too late to go back now, but she is trying to do some damage control. please do not let this happen to your family. start now–while your 2 children are still very young.

i know it is not easy, but for the sake of your children, try my dear, for some change. your daughter will love you more for giving her space, for giving her the chance to grow up with not with pressure, but with loving understanding.

this comment has become so long, it can even be considered a post. God bless you.

I have in mind that my parenting role is very challenging because i am playing a dual role (dad & mom). Although there are real dad stuff that dads should do or share with their daughters that i can never do, yet, i believe that one day my daughter will understand the real situation.

Places of 2009

I have dreamed of visiting places the past year. I even thought i could make it to China this year but did not make it. I also thought of visiting Manila and Cebu, but never made it in spite of the plans. Even then, i’ve been to some places for another visit and some are first-time visis which help made the 2009 more colourful.

The travels or outings I made the past year were to the following places:

– Cagayan de Oro City’s Mapawa Mountain Resort (1st time)
– Dapitan’s Gloria Fantasy Land (1st time)
– River Rafting area, Cagayan de Oro City (1st time)
– Agus 4 complex, Balo-i, Lanao del Norte
– 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit at Cagayan de Oro City
– Mountain View College, Valencia, Bukidnon
– Initao Midway Resort (several times)



I Was in China Earlier

I took a nap and i guess i fall into a deep sleep that i dreamed.  I was in China, some nook in Zhangjiakou City, the last city where i worked before i came home for good.  While at the corner, I befriended some students then they asked me where i was going to stay for the night.  Then i told them that i worked before at Zhangjiakou Vocational College and i have friends there.  They were excited!  The volunteered to bring me there.  We were about to rode the bus then i just suddenly woke up.  I dunno what happened and what i felt that i felt good that i have woke up.  I guess i was so scared that maybe i overslept. hahaha

At home now my mom is alone with the baby becuase my sister helped someone process her social security disability application.  I hope that will be done the soonest so that my sis won’t leave her baby alone with my mom.  My nephew is just so energetic! Too much movements that it’s overwhelming to an old mom. hehehe…

Am glad am back in my current place or else i would really miss my new nephew.  He is so cute at 8 months but got teeth that looks like almost complete set. 🙂