A Birthday Wish for A Fairy.

To my dearest god-daughter, Patricia,

Happy birthday, puknooots! You’ve just turned 7 and I can’t help but wonder where the years went by. In those 7 years, you’ve brought our family such wonderful joy what with your witty comebacks and infectious laughter.

Flying to blow candles.

Flying to blow candles.

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The 30 Days Blog Challenge, Day 22: Me, Only Better.

Day 22 – How have you changed in the past 2 years?

I’m a work in progress. My life, as this blog implies, is still in the making. There’s still a lot more of life’s experiences I have yet to meet. However, If I have to look back in the last 2 years and share what has changed in/with me, I’d say I’ve:

  • Become a tad bit girlier. Believe it or not, I’m a tomboy (well, not the nik-nok kind, as my current officemates would term a lesbian). I could teach you a bit of Nihongo; but I could never give you advice about what to wear to a party. I would rather paint a room’s wall than paint my (non-existent) finger/toe nails. However, I’ve started to “girl-up” and dabble into the wonderful world of skirts, high-heels, lipsticks and more! 😀
It helps when you're surrounded with fashionista friends!

It helps when you're surrounded with fashionista friends!

  • Managed to smile more and be more optimistic. A few years back, I was one big grouch. Certain circumstances and events then made me pessimistic and paranoid. I forgot that for me to feel helpless and hopeless, I would have to let others make me feel that way and this made me retreat, which was a great idea. Slowly, I started to be more tough and infuse positivity along it. Sure I still look like a snob from time to time but if you do get to know me, I’m actually a crybaby. If you’re desperate to make me smile, just point a camera at me and I’ll flash you a winning one! Hahaha! :))
I was crying my eyes out here but showed my pearly whites when I sensed a camera nearby. Haha!

I was crying my eyes out here but showed my pearly whites when I sensed a camera nearby. Haha!

  • Deepened my love for travel. I thank my parents, most especially my dad, for bringing me up with a love for travel. The last 2 years, I’ve added 2 new countries into my list:  Japan with my family and Korea with some of my office friends. I love being able to experience what a country and its culture and people can offer. You get to realize what a big and wonderful world we have and that God did such a masterpiece.
In Osaka, Japan, my dad & I tie up our own fortunes in a shrine, as a sign of fatih in the gods that they will fulfill it.

In Osaka, Japan, my dad & I tie up our own fortunes in a shrine, as a sign of fatih in the gods that they will fulfill it.

 

Trying out Korean food! Yumeeeh!!!

Trying out Korean food! Yumeeeh!!!

With the way things are going, I’d say life’s great! Just as long as I continue to focus on the good and positive things that happen and let the bad and negative ones serve as a life lesson. 🙂

The 30 Days Blog Challenge, Day 19: “Hey Mom, Since We’re Talking…”

***Yes, I’m still going on with the 30 Days Blog Challenge, even if I started it July of last year. I’m not going to quit on it. 🙂

Day 19 – Disrespecting your parents.

…what was it like, when you were young. / Has the world changed? Or is it still the same? / A man can kill and still be the sweetest love.

From back when we were kids, when any one of us four siblings does something not acceptable in our parents’ eyes (ex. lying about where we spent our allowances, not eating the veggies on our plates & even secretly putting them in a tissue paper and throwing it in the wastebasket, getting a failing grade on one of our subjects…you get the gist), my mom or dad (or sometimes both) gets on our case, goes on a long lecture of how ungrateful kids are compare to their time and announce our corresponding punishment. There were times when the scolding was accompanied with a spank on the butt or with a threatening stare while pointing us to our respective rooms to “contemplate” on our wrongdoing. But that was in the 90’s.

Scolded.

Scolded.

As time passed and society seemed to accept a more lax and friendly way of child-upbringing, my parents became less strict. They encouraged us to approach them when we have a problem or if we just wanted to hang out or something. It was weird for me. I was used to my parents, especially my mom, to point out what I’m doing wrong and dictate what is right. But I got used to the new “system”. I shared stories complete with tears or laughter to my parents; while they either listened with great intent giving advice as needed or laughed their hearts out stating that I just made their day. The only problem I had with the setup is that sometimes I’d step over that fine line between being a friend and being a daughter. That fine line, for me, is my reference for as to whether I’m being disrespectful to my parents.

One of my best out-of-the-country shopping partner!

One of my best out-of-the-country shopping partner!

I love my parents even if sometimes they’d like to push their views and beliefs on me. I know they have only but the best interests for me. I’m quite happy and blessed that despite the depression and drama that I go through, my parents still helps me up and say the right words to make me believe in myself again. There may be times that I have disrespected them due to misunderstandings and heat of the moment; but those are instances that we let go after we’ve talked calmly about it.

Trying to annoy Papa.

Trying to annoy Papa.

To end this post, I say a little prayer for all parents out there:

Lord, I surrender to you my family. Lord Jesus, I pray for my parents. Though you blessed them abundantly, today they are in need of your help. Give my parents joy and strength. Fill them with your strengthening presence. Lord, give them real thirst and hunger for the Holy Spirit and for the Word of God. Give them health in spirit, soul and body.

Even though they may feel that all the trouble they took for their children are being wasted, help them to see the great reward waiting for them in Heaven. Help my parents to forgive themselves and forgive everyone else.

Even though as parents they may have failed to fulfil their duties, Lord, set them free from sadness and sorrow, regrets and sense of guilt. Jesus fill them with your Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus. Amen.

The First of the Year.

Saying goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012 was done simply, without much fuss and with big smiles and loud laughter. 🙂

With only 4 people left living in our humble home, we prepared the essentials for a yummy Media Noche and the plastic horns for making noise when the clock strikes midnight.

So here we are, getting ready to greet 2012 into our lives:

Awesome four-some.

Awesome four-some.

I hurriedly took pictures of the countdown on tv and the clocks in the kitchen to emphasize that time will not always be synced.

Tick-tock!

Tick-tock!

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The 30 Days Blog Challenge, Day 18: Get Into My Head.

Day 18 – Your beliefs.

I’ve already shared one of my beliefs, one tackling religion; so for this particular post, let me share a few more:

Family can be your best travelmates. The very first time I set foot out of the country was back in 2000 and it was with my dad, mom and li’l bro. My older twin siblings didn’t get to go because they had just started working. It is that first trip that made me want lust to traipse around the world. I was clueless but with my dad and mom, the trip was fun! My dad was the walking-atlas/guidebook. With his over a gazillion (close to a hundred, I think) travels around the world, he always had a trivia or a historical fact to share to us. My mom, however, had her share of travels; but I love that she becomes this “motivational shopper” and urges me (and my siblings) to buy clothes, shoes, bags and nick-knacks that she knows cannot be bought back home in the Philippines. There are still a lot more places I’d want to go to with my whole family (including in-laws) and I hope we’ll have the time and cash (eeep!) to do so. I can’t wait to walk on the Great Wall of China beside my dad who I know would go on and on about China’s history. My li’l bro would have his heavy arm around me, trying to irritate me while he tries to hear out my dad’s lecture. My mom would be beside my older sister, my bro-in-law and my niece to give her own version of China’s history and insert a few suggestions for my niece to practice walking on the Great Wall. My older brother, on the other hand, would have his arm around his wife and chuckle at our dad’s efforts to walk and talk but is secretly worried for our dad’s health. When a group picture is to be taken, I’m sure each of us would smile a huge smile. 🙂

Osaka Castle with the 'rents and li'l bro.

Osaka Castle with the 'rents and li'l bro.

Everyone! Gonna watch The Golden Mickeys.

Everyone! Gonna watch The Golden Mickeys.

Good friends can pick up where they left off. Most of my dearest friends are in other, different countries; while some are still in the Philippines but are understandably busy or have other plans. However, despite distance or unavailability, I am reassured by the fact that when I do get together with those close friends, I have no worry that we might act as though strangers. My only worry, and one that I’m quite fond of, is when we do act like hyenas laughing crazily amidst our chatter about our own lives. 🙂 Of course, if we needed to have a shot of crazy from each other, there’s always technology to keep us connected.

Circa 2006: One of the rarest moments we're all online.

Circa 2006: One of the rarest moments we're all online.

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