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Special Birthday Greeting

11 Jan

Many people greeted and sent me their best wishes as I turn a year older again. But here’s one greeting that made my birthday today awesome:

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I’m such a fan girl. Hahaha!!!

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My ‘real’ New Year!

11 Jan

“Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.” ― Larry Lorenzoni

Hahaha that made me laugh. 🙂 I’m having another ‘one’ today!

Thank you Lord for another year in my life. 🙂

Tomorrow, is the first blank page of 365-page book. Write a good one.

31 Dec
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Image c/o fullybooked

Significant Things of My 2012

31 Dec

As 2012 is about to close, (less than an hour in my side of the world), let me list some of the significant things that happened to me. This is listed in random order, here they are:

Football
As usual for someone who is a fan of the beautiful game, the sport has got to be in the list. This is good year in football especially for the Philippine National Football Team – the Azkals. I am happy of their improvement since they got the nation’s attention 2 years back. They were semi finalist during 2010 Suzuki Cup and also this 2012. They also finished 3rd during the AFC Challenge Cup and a champion during the Philippine Peace Cup. As for the other team that is dear to me, Real Madrid, it is also a great year after winning the Supercopa and reaching the semis in the Champions League. Also, another favorite, Spain, bagged the Euro 2012 title. So many nice things happened in Football this year and there are so much in store also for 2013. I am so looking forward to that!

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The Azkals

Gym
I signed up for a gym last month. Yes, finally! Time to get fit and heathy. I signed up because I think it is better to spend money paying gym fees rather than spend it on medicine when I get old. So yes, I am committed to getting healthier and fitter not just now but for the rest of my life.

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My Gold’s Gym membership card

Driver’s License
Not exactly a license yet but a student permit to drive. It’s high time I take on the wheels and learn really how to drive. This ain’t the first time I got a student permit to learn how to drive. I already know how to start a car and drive a little but I always have problem with the stick (Manual Transmission), but my father insisted that I learn how to drive first using the stick before I go automatic. So this time, I am taking driving seriously.

Family and Friends
I am grateful to God that he continue on blessing my family with so many things and that we are all together to celebrate the end of the year and welcome another one. Though there were times when we experience worry because of my father’s health but God is merciful and he didn’t let anything bad happened. This year also, some of my close friends got married and gave birth. I attended some of the memorable event in their lives to celebrate with them. One of my best buds, F, also tied the knot, and even though he knew I won’t be able to attend his wedding, he still sent me an invitation, which I received so late (after his wedding. Snail mail indeed!) I am also very grateful to the wonderful friendship I share with a few of my friends, particularly these three super friends I have – Idy, F, and Ces.

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F’s wedding invitation

Music
This is a good year also for me when it comes to music. Not only that I was able to crossed out one from my bucket list, after I attended a concert of one of the two bands I love – Hanson’s concert back in March. It was a dream came true. Then, my other favorite, Jars of Clay made the awesome announcement earlier this month that they are coming to the Philippines in March 2013 for a concert! Great! I am so looking forward to it!

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Jars of Clay’s concert 2013 announcement! Yehey!

Travel
I also was able to travel locally this year. My parents, a visiting Auntie from the US and I went to Bohol to celebrate my birthday. It was my first time to visit the island and it was just great to see one of the scenic places of my beautiful country. I did not go abroad this year, hopefully next year though.

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Bohol, Philippines.

M
Nope, we are not back together. There is no “US” again. So why is it in this list? Well though we had some “conversations” this year, still things are not quite clear between us. So about 2 months ago, I have made one of the biggest decisions in my life. I have decided to let him go. I can say that I am still in the grieving process and it is getting harder and harder each day, but I have to do it. I can’t run on circles anymore. So, now I am going “Solo”. Dunno’ how long though, it’s all up to God.

So this is it. I am thankful for all the experiences I have this 2012 and I am hopeful that 2013 will be a lot better.

Thank you Lord Jesus for your grace, love and mercy throughout the year!

Happy New Year everyone!

The Boy at the Petrol Station

28 Aug

This morning was one of those usual mornings where my dad and I would stop by the petrol station before he takes me to work or to the nearest terminal.But it’s not quite the ‘usual morning’ that I thought. After the service crew filled up the fuel tank, my dad rolled down his window and handed him the 1,000 peso bill. As we were waiting for the change, a little boy, roughly around 8-10 years old, appeared beside the window by the driver’s side. He was holding this small plastic blue tray and said in his soft and innocent voice , “Bili na po kayo.” (“Please buy” is the closest translation I could think of. )

I said no to him even though I haven’t even had a glimpse of what he was selling. But he insisted and tried to convinced us once more. I asked what’s on his tray. He said, “puto” (steamed rice cake/muffin) and” kutsinta” (sticky rice cake usually topped with shredded coconut ), which are two of our local desserts . I haven’t had breakfast and though, both are delicious, it was not quite appealing to me that time. As I was about to say my second NO, the boy pleaded again that we buy from him. I don’t know if it was because of his persistence or because of the compassion I felt for him, or because I just wanted to get rid of him so we can finally go, that I told dad to buy the dessert. He said that each cost 5 pesos, which I think is about 11 cents in USD. There were just 4 pieces of puto and 1 kutsinta on his tray, so we decided to buy everything. And after I told him that we were buying ‘everything’, his eyes lit up. His eyes sparkled as he took out a small plastic bag to put all the puto and kutsinta. As my father handed to him the 25-peso coins in exchange of the rice cakes, he gave me and my dad one of the sweetest smiles I have ever seen in my life. He seemed very happy. I told him to go straight home since he’s got no more to sell. Still wearing the big smile on his face, he nodded and walked away from the car looking very happy.

As we drove away, I looked back  and watched him as he walked towards the crowd.  Then I felt something different… I felt good and bad at the same time. Good because his smile was just beautiful. Bad, because I initially I said NO to him, and second, because a boy his age have to work by selling in the streets.  I can’t say which feeling was greater – well probably the ‘feeling bad‘ because I felt a grip in my heart, so I uttered a simple prayer for the boy as we went on our way.

I wondered if he is studying. My dad said, maybe his classes are in the afternoon. Maybe, maybe. I really hope that he is studying.

My dad then recalled his childhood experiences, saying the boy reminded him of it. My father used to sell things also in the streets of Olongapo and Manila, back when he was young.. He didn’t grow up in a wealthy family and was orphaned at a very young age, so life was hard for him. It’s a very long story, but I have to say that both my parents worked very hard to provide us the comfortable lives we have right now.

There were a lot of  moments in my life when I realized how blessed I am, but there were also times when I forget and complain nonstop. And lately,I haven’t been counting my blessings and been complaining instead. I think the Tuesday morning incident is one of those moments that God allowed so I can see the realities of life, not to complain more, but also to see that there are things, even the simple ones that I should be grateful for, like that beautiful innocent smile on that boy’s face.

I just have to say that, that boy made my day today! 🙂

And oh, the “puto” was yummy!

Something To Smile About : Euro 2012, Writing, My Dad

22 Jul

It’s been a while since I last updated my “Something To Smile About” list. I am supposed to be doing it weekly to flex my gratitude muscles, but because I haven’t been able to blog often these days, I didn’t get much time to contemplate on the things that matters to me,whether it was something grand or simple. So let me enumerate some of those things that either made me smile, giggle, laugh or inspired in the past 2 months or so…

Euro 2012 Champions!!!

 1. Spain finishing as Euro 2012 champions – I know this is kind of a late post, but I am still listing it here, after all it made me smile, well happy too! 🙂 I supported Spain during the Euro 2012. Although I didn’t get to watch all of the games because, first they weren’t broadcasted live on our local TV, and second because the games are usually scheduled at 3am Manila Time.  I was really happy they won. They won the previous Euro, then the last World Cup and now the Euro 2012.  Congrats to them! Mi hermanos! 🙂

2. Jeff Goins –  Since I subscribe to Relevant Magazine online, I was able to read a great article “The Rise of Confessional Media” written by Jeff Goins. Then I visited his blog and found rather more interesting articles he wrote, most of which are about writing and being a ‘real writer’. I immediately subscribed to his blog that he updates almost everyday, and through that I am able to include in this list the next thing I am grateful about which is…

You Are A Writer, So Start Acting Like One by Jeff Goins

3. Free download of Jeff Goins’s  ebook “You are a Writer, So Start Acting like One“!  – He made it available for a free download just for one weekend last month and I’m  absolutely grateful for his generosity to share it. The book is absolutely helpful for any writer or those who wants to venture in the writing world. Well, as he mentioned diapers aren’t cheap so he can’t have it available for free for a long time. 🙂 Get it from Amazon for only $4.99.

3. Free Webinars – Because I subscribed to Jeff’s blog, not only did I get the chance to get his wonderful ebook on writing, I also had the incredible opportunity to virtually attend two of the webinars he and two of his friends hosted (I watched/listened to the replays only though since due to time differences, I can’t attend the actual webinar.) The first one was with Derek Halpern of  Social Triggers who taught us “How To Write a Perfect Blog Post”, and second was with the “Freddy Krueger of Blogging”Danny Iny of  Firepole Marketing “Faster, Easier Blog Writing”. Both webinars were amazing.

4.  Another free ebooks – Since I signed up for Danny’s webinar, I also had the opportunity to download his two ebooks, Engagement from Scratch and Naked Marketing, both of which I still have to read. So two more books on queue in my reading list. 🙂

Engagement from Scratch by Danny Iny

5. My Father’s Second Life– Now, this one actually deserves a separate blog post, but I figured I will just mentioned it here too. Not only this one makes me “smile” but also it is something I am so grateful about to the Lord, our God.  Just to share that about two months ago, my father cheated death when his blood sugar level went way below than normal, which is very dangerous,  as doctors informed us, it could either lead to comma or death had we not took him to the ER immediately. So this #5 on the list is something not only to smile about but also to be thankful about to our Savior Jesus, forever. 🙂

There are a lot of things actually that made me smile in the past few months. There were those that made me cry too (but I’m not going to talk about it), the focus of this posts is to count my blessings.

So what made you smile, laugh or inspired recently? Or what are the things, even simple ones that you were thankful for? Share them! 🙂

Something To Smile About Digest # 12

24 Oct

This should be a quick post.  I have to go back to writing my friend’s website copy and newsletter. Yeah, yeah I mentioned the ‘con’ (if you can call it that) of having a day job and being a writer on the side – when something pops in your head, you just gotta’ stop and let it out.  And I’m not even doing ‘my day job’right now,  this is the ”on the side job” I’m doing but I just can’t help it.

So the things that made me smile these past few weeks:

1.  My friend already uploaded the website content I made for him. I just made the final revision and it’s good to go! Next project I’ll do for him will be the newsletter and the web advertisement. It always feels good when I finished a writing project.

2.  I’m done reading Dug Down Deep. Yup! After more than a year. Hahaha… Well I don’t know if I already mentioned it here but I’m listing it down as something to smile about because it is an accomplishment for me to finish that book by my favorite Joshua Harris. I still have to write a book review, so I haven’t really started a new book yet.

3.  Something about Football of course. The possibility of Real Madrid to come over Manila through ehem Uncle Manny Pangilinan.  🙂  And also David Beckham and his team L.A. Galaxy’s upcoming tour in Asia which (may) include Philippines. This means a friendly match with our very own Azkals will be lined up.

4. A few more people subscribed to this blog. Wow! There’s Addielicious, Juan Busy and some others that subscribed through email. Thank you so much.  Please visit their blogs, they are awesome writers! For those who visit here and subscribe to my silliness 🙂 , it would be great to if you will leave your blog url too so I can also check them out. Thanks!!!

Now back to work. I didn’t take this unplanned leave just to blog all day. 🙂

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