Flood Destroyed One of Our Display Cabinets

One thing unforgetable happened today.  Due to low pressure turned typhon called Cresing, the water came into the house today.  I woke up to the feel of water upon my feet the moment I stepped out of the bedroom.  I thought the thick rugs placed in the space below the door would prevent the water coming in.  But nah it did not. Water slowly came in just like the flow of water in a faucet and it was ankle deep in awhile.  I wish we are powerful that to prevent the water we can just use clamping kits to put off the water. Or we have the power to divert the water directly to the big canals and into the sea.  Oh well, I missed work in the morning and one of our cabinets, gave up its foundation so it was leaning back when I left home for work early this afternoon.

Now I am off to home after this post and continue working from there.

What a life!

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.


Photo taken: august 27, 2011

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:


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.

The Bi-ad Princesses

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson


They are some of my friends from my very own hometown. Had I not enjoyed blogging then I would not meet these guys. So because of blogging, I met and knew Lai, Lovette, and Richard. They are just a few. More people will be shown later.

This photo was taken during the launching and induction of officers of the Iligan Bloggers Society. After the program, the core group stayed behind awhile for aftercare and also enjoyed posing for remembrance shots. This is one of the photos. I like to call them BIAD artists as they do good on that poise thing.

Lack of Sleep

July 20 is already an unforgetable day because it is my mom’s birthday.  But for this year, something depressing happened that the more i will not forget the July 20 of this year.  First was the news that i will be transfered to another department and the second was the discovery that i lost 7 months of blog entries in two of my blogs.  The latter was more heavier than the first so i was sleepless for several nighst that caused me to have dark under eye circles (meaning dark circles under my eyes) that is not so nice to be seen. So for two days now i put on heavy concealer to cover the dark circles.

Just few minutes ago, i discovered some way to retrieve the lost posts by googling using the direct url – and i already recovered some. Woe unto those that i have not really taken down (except for the paid posts) so this problem will just be solved in some days. I really wish to take a leave to spend the whole day in an internet bar to do this thing. But i doubt if i can do so tomorrow when there is a scheduled faculty and staff meeting. So i will try over the weekends. I know i should do it the quickest before the i will be emailed for a refund.

Ten on Tuesday

We had a long weekend because last Monday was a holiday (Independence Day).  So Tuesday we went back to work.  Wednesday we are enjoying another holiday because it’s the Charter Day of Iligan City.  Thus i was hoping last week we could sandwich Tuesday as part of the holiday.  But nah it did not happen that way.

Let me enumerate some TEN THINGS i did that day:

1. Was at the office before 9 am.

2.  I wore red blouse paired with black skirt to work.

3.  Filled up an employee’s update form at the HR.

4.  I was invited to go along to CDO the next day but i declined because i was planning for a movie marathon Tuesday night.

5.  Had a chat with Sandy.  She shared me some photos of the house they are going to rent in Cebu.

6.  Tasted a durian pie.

7.  Missed gym because i said i was going the next day.

8.  Stayed up so late at night online on FB.

9.  Met a new friend.  She’s so friendly and I hope to meet her someday.

10.  Watched WHEN IN ROME!

Weekend of Goodbyes

Our Weekend Memoirs

Id like to think that it is was a very lonely weekend because everyone was leaving.  How i wish i too would pack my bags and go away. hahaahaha.  Seriously i would do so if it is just ok.

Of the 47 ladies, there were only around 10 girls Friday evening. Thursday afternoon, my dorm partner left for a short fun vacation to Bohol. A dear friend left for Bicol early Friday morning. And i was left in a place where i can feel so much emptiness. Yet, the handful of girls and I went to church for vespers and the Saturday. I just missed the Saturday afternoon program because we came in late from our lunch rendezvous at the seaside.

Here are a few weekend photos to share:


a sky photo i took while going up to the dorm through the side door.
when i don’t feel inside, i look up the sky to hope for a positive vibes.

This was taken around past 5 and i was waiting for the sunset.  I enjoy the sky view from the fourth floor and i think last weekend is my last weekend to enjoy sky level view.  We are moving down to the old dorm this week and there will never be any sky view anymore.  🙁  Anyways, i did some ironing while waiting for the sun.  And after sometime — i can already see red streaks of sun rays trying to penetrate my pink/lavender curtain.  So i have to run outside the dorm lobby with my camera.

I clicked so many and this one is one of my favorites.  Taken at 5:54 pm.


I was really missing someone when i took those sunset shots.  I was even wondering if he was seeing the sky view i was enjoying that moment.  So i sent him an sms asking – if are we seeing the same sky because if so then for sure the world is just so small because we are seeing the same orange sky.  He replied that he is not seeing an orange sky because sunset is being blocked by a hill.  >> I think if there was no hill for sure the view would be very beautiful because that friend was out in the Lipata pier in Surigao.  They were off to the other side of the island at 7 that evening.

Saturday lunch, i was invited to go along with my boss and friends to have lunch at Hagohoy.

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A distant view of Iligan City.


I was still making this post earlier when the power was interrupted.  Now i want to get online from my lappy but it’s not connecting.  I really dunno what’s the problem.  So the few more pics i wanted to share is there.  I can use a usb but this office pc is pregnant with virus and I am afraid that my lappy will be infected if i will transfer files by using the usb.

So am publishing this post now and i hope that tomorrow i can add some more photos.  If not tomorrow, the next day or if not the next day, will post it on Sunday at the main blog.

Update on My Blogging Life

As much as i want to update daily, i find myself lagging behind of what should be done.  I feel my personal time is not as much anymore when i started blogging and when i decided that i have to maintain 3 domains on top of my normal day job.  Back then i could stay up late at nights to update all blogs but now the situation is not like that anymore.  But even then am trying to catch up as much as i can.

There are times when i have so much to say but I am away from the computer so what i do is jot down the ideas and try to make about them later.  But when i do so, my fingers just rested on the keys and not doing a thing.

Summer months is almost over and i haven’t been away yet.  I feel i need a break – even a short break to rejuvinate my old self. -)  Anyway that’s a longing and i hope it will happen soon.  I really need to get away if i want to improve in my blogging activities and even my life in the real world.

3 blogs – that was more than a month ago.  Now i have 4 domains to maintain.  In case you haven’t noticed them, they are:

Joys in Life

Dancing in Midlife Tune

Healthy Lifestyle

All About Her

Oppss to top that, i also have a subdomain on arlenecollado (dot) com  whic h is the home of my digital scraps and also a photo blog in blogspot. Not to mention my old old blog –Life is What we Make it.

I know what i mentioned up can’t compare for those who have more then blogs to maintain but aside from this online life, i also have a normal day time work in the office and the asst. mommying role to 40 plus girls.

Well, life is what we make it!  I find mine very challenging.

Upcoming Project

For two days, because of power abnormally long power interruption, time at the office was so slow.  Super slow that it almost made me asleep.  lol! Thanks to those who come by for a chit chat.  One of our friends from Davao also came by to visit her aunt passed by the office to say hi.  He said that he was lucky to get away for the weekend because as of now they are so busy with their new project.  They just newly purchased their project management software and it help them in their planning. They are going to have their strategic planning next month in General Santos City and they all look up to a very productive year.

Their company just turned 2 years old last year and they are hoping that all will be well to let them last a long time – as long as their services are needed by the people.