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Happy Birthday Idy

23 May

Here’s to one of my best friends…

For you birthday boy! ( image c/o parentinghelpme.com)

Happy Birthday IDY!

Thanks for the friendship. Praying for greater blessings for you and your entire household. Your friendship is a blessing and I hope and pray you will continue being a blessing to others.  I know you don’t celebrate birthdays and for you this is just an ordinary day. But this day is special because this is the day that the Lord has made for you. God chose this day as your day of  birth X decades ago (hahaha… I’m not revealing it). You were born to this world, so your wife, kids, parents, siblings, your entire family and friends will be blessed through your life and that  is something to celebrate. (I hope this will convince you… If not, I don’t know what else… haha… 😛 )

And happy birthday to your son as well. 🙂

… Mr. Birthday Boy! hahaha… 🙂

Admiring My Mother

3 Apr

I admire my Mother. She got a pretty tough job.  She may not have to address the problems of poverty like the president have to, but her ‘job’ is tough.  Maybe even one of the toughest in the world. Imagine being a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, a Church Pastor to 9 churches with at least 200 or more members each, a leader, a government consultant, a counselor, and a friend to some. And all these, rolled into one.

What I specifically admire about my mother is that she’s the same person she is inside and outside our house.  Meaning to say, she doesn’t pretend or have a multiple personalities. The compassionate, patient, understanding, helpful, kind-hearted person she is outside or in the church is the same person she is to us inside our home. And I think that is  one of the traits of a true leader.

Growing up, I see how my mother shown these traits. I remember us being in the bus ride to Manila from Lipa, and on our way there was this young woman with her little brother, moaning for a severe stomach pain. Her motherly instinct kicked in. She wasn’t selfish to think that she got 3 young kids to look after to (I think my youngest sister was barely 4 years old that time) and let another person help. But she was quick to extend a hand, prayed for her and even took her to the hospital as soon as we got off the bus. She also began charity at home. Even though she is already married and have kids to support to, she, together with my father, helped her sisters and brothers fund their studies. She didn’t cease in helping them, even until now that they have their own families.

She is patient. Very patient. It will take time for her to get angry. And when she does, please hide, you wouldn’t like it. 😀 I think it’s true that when a patient person loses his/her temper, it’s going be like  World War II. I’ve seen her pissed off. And unfortunately, it was because of me. Well, sometimes because of my sisters too. 😛 You don’t want to see her mad for sure. So you better not test her patience. Like any normal person she also gets angry, whether you believe it or not. 🙂

She is super nice and super kind. And “super” is not even the right word to perfectly describe how nice and kind she is. Serving the church as the Pastor, she has encountered countless problems, both personal and church-related. People come to her for advices, sometimes even for financial help, then there are some who questioned her ways, pressured her for something, sometimes to take their sides over someone’s or influence her decisions. But she won’t let it. She won’t give in. Instead, she prays for them and asks them to pray for those who hurt them. Sometimes, when the attack to her is personal (and sometimes even below the belt), it angers me, my sisters and father, but not her. She always reminds us to be gentle, to just pray for those who hurt us and just speak blessing to them instead.  Sure, her helpfulness, kindness and patience have influenced us, but I don’t think I inherited it 100%. I am not as patient and kind as she is. Sometimes I complain to her for being super nice. If it was me, I would get even! Hahahaha…. Just kidding. 😛

She’s forgiving. Like I mentioned, she just pray for those who hurt her. She didn’t grow up in a well-off family, but she strove hard to succeed. And that means, working at her Auntie’s restaurant while studying in high school at around age 13 I think. She wakes up early in the morning to go to the market, go home and help serve and prepare the customers’ orders, then go to school (and because of that, she’s late to school most of the time) and then go home in the afternoon, help her Auntie again, do her homework after and sleep late. That was her routine everyday for at least 4 years.  She wasn’t treated well by their family too but she didn’t have any bitterness in her heart. I cried when I first heard  that story. I felt sad and furious to hear what she had to go through. But she was quick to tell us how grateful she is to her Auntie’s family because she was able to continue her studies and help her mother and siblings get out of poverty. For her, it was her stepping stone to success.

I know I hurt her also so many times in the past for being somewhat rebellious and so my sisters and my father but she didn’t quit on us, but instead she forgives us for our shortcomings and imperfections.

I could list a lot of things about how admirable my mother is. She is not perfect but I think she possesses the Christ-like character and that’s what makes her truly admirable.

Today is her 53rd birthday and I couldn’t think of a better gift but to put into writing what kind of a person she is – a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, a patient Church Pastor, a humble servant and a true Christian.

Happy birthday Mama!

Birthday, Baguio & Blessings!

29 Jan

This was supposed to be posted last week but I was too busy with other things so I just saved it in the draft and now finishing it….

So here it is…..


Happy Birthday to me!

Last week was great! I had a lot to be thankful for.

First would be, I celebrated my birthday last Tuesday. As for the age, please don’t even bother to ask. 🙂 I didn’t have a party at all… my choice. What did I do? Simple things… I went out for a coffee and cake.  I was supposed to go to the Salon but postponed to the next day due to an unforeseen circumstance that happened.

My mom cooked pasta at home. Actually, before I caught mom at the mall buying my birthday cake. It was supposed to be a surprised but I caught her! hahaha… She said, she’ll cook pasta and buy the cake. Well, I told her to cook but just make the ‘graham cake’ instead since we still have fruit cocktail at home and other ingredients that we didn’t use during the holidays.

(This usually happens when your birthday falls 10 days after new year’s day. Unopened pastas and sauces, cheese and others will be used. =P )

Then, of course the greetings from friends and super friends (nope, not superman and the team). I’m talking about my best friends… like Idy, Ces and others! And yes.. a phone call from M that made my birthday complete!  🙂


Manor Hotel, Baguio

I tagged along with my mother to her conference in Baguio, the day after my birthday. My initial plan though was roam around the city while mom attends the seminar. I don’t mind being alone. I’ve been to Baguio a lot of times so the place is already quite familiar. One reason I wanted to go there was to write.  I thought the green backdrop and the cool breeze will be good inspirations that’s why I really convinced mom to let me go with them.

trees at Camp John Hay

My former boss said though through my FB that “The nice cold weather is a bane of any writer” because he said I’d rather sleep than write or curl up in bed and watch a movie, LOL.  I still love the cold weather though. But true enough I wasn’t able to write (well I did but not really for a long time), not because I preferred sleeping or watching a movie, but because I attended mom’s seminar. And I have to say it was great! The speaker was good, made the crowd laugh and made them think at the same time.  Also another good thing that happened during the seminar were the…


Yes! Not only that my mind was blessed with knowledge and understanding and my soul was nourished with God’s word, but also I literally received a monetary blessing! Yup from the seminar! We all have.

Before that, the night the we arrived I lost my coin purse  that my very good friend from Australia gave me back in 2009. There were a few hundreds in that purse…roughly around 300 I think… I was frustrated for having lost it not really because of the money but because it was given by my friend. I took care of the purse for a very long time and I just lost it together with the keychain, he also gave.  I told God it’s okay,  but I prayed to him to please, let a needy person get it so he/she will be blessed with that little amount that’s in there. Then the next day, I got the monetary blessing from that seminar. God just replaced what I’ve lost with something of greater amount. I still want the wallet back though. But if it’s been used to bless others, then I have no complaints. 🙂

So I think, these are also the things to smile about and be  grateful about for the 2nd week of my January.

Starting My Birthday Happy!

11 Jan

Yep, being happy is a choice. And I’m choosing to be happy on my birthday, which is today! Yup Today!

Well, the start of my birthday is good:

Friends already greeted me (via facebook, text or messengers) and my best friend Idy called me on Skype at 12 midnight, making him the first person to officially greet me on this day. 🙂 Then Ab, my friend Libya also greeted and called me.

And to make the day even more beautiful….

NEIL ETHERIDGE greeted me on Twitter!!!

Yes! He tweeted Happy Birthday to me! 🙂 Ain’t it awesome?

After Phil Younghusband’s tweet to me the other day, it’s Neil’s turn.

Here’s the proof:

neil38etheridge happy birthday tweet to me

Well, I did tell him it’s my birthday and that I’m hoping he could greet me and he did.  I’m the 3rd person to receive a tweet reply from him, since he just created his account just a few hours ago.

Happy! Happy! Happy! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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