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11.22.2010

..toys..learning.. (10/12)


Posted by Picasa  This human anatomy model "Atom" was in my youngest son's toy list last October... and he's not even in level 1 yet!! Imagine that!!! Truthfully, a part of me's delighted of his choice (he can use it till he gets to college), and a minute portion's challenged to review more or be choked on the questions I'm expected to answer anytime now.

Almost everyday since we got him his learning toy, we review on parts that's easy to read and memorize... Impressive memory kids have nowadays, I find myself pausing a bit to make sure I pronounce the muscle parts correctly in my head before uttering it..

 ☺ Sharing Time of a Proud Mama ☺
Saying the word "butt" at home seems acceptable..One day, we went out, the muscle part was mentioned by a friend of his and an uncomfortable chuckle followed, I saw him look at me like he's weirded out.. As expected, he was curious as to why the other kid reacted like that.. I told him, some are not comfortable saying nor hearing it.. Others think it's ill-mannered to blurt it out loud.. He was silent for awhile and said: "I'll teach him to just say Gluteus Maximus..Is that ok, Ma?" ☺



10.28.2010

..a piece of me..(9/12)

"There is wisdom in old people"...

Today, I lost another significant person in my life.. memories of her are not perfect, but they are mostly life changing.. Milestones. 

Almost 19years ago, she visited and made time to encourage me to follow in her footsteps, professionally. I remember her exact words (translated in English): "..now that your Papang has passed, I feel I will follow really soon..it will make me very happy if you carry-on my passion.." I got my degree 4 years later. It wasn't easy at first, I had to deal with some issues privately for awhile...the theatricals of life.. decisions, decisions... Bottom line: Obedience.

On her last visit, she met her great grandchildren from my side of the tree. We may not always be physically with our loved ones, but the emphatic linkage beats beyond human understanding. She will  always be a part of my life's story, she opened windows, when she asked me to close a door.. memories of her will always make me smile.

I know she is happier now.. I am certain generations will be blessed, because of the wisdom she has shared.

♥♥♥We love you, Mamang. Thank you♥♥♥





10.09.2010

..ever after... (8/12)

The union of two individuals can be highlighted in a million different ways.. wedding planners, photographers, videorgapher with creative minds join together to make the event extra spicy as they capture the life that was, current, and a preview of what's to come... but never forget the Heart of it all.

Today, my family and I will witness a union..and like with the other weddings we've been a part of, we are excited for the couple's new level of adventure in life.. we will stand with them in faith as they commit themselves to each other and their relationship with the Lord.


Marriage is a learning process, too. It is dynamic. We mature as we transform every time we have new sets of trials... there is a guide to make any relationship work... get to know Jesus, read your bible.. align yourself with His will in your life. For me getting married is embracing your differences, not compromising, but learning to understand and love one another the way you want to be loved... not easy, that's why you need to work together, work with the Lord...Believe that God, in His wisdom and providence, has established it as a covenant relationship: a sacred lifelong promise reflecting unconditional love for one another, and believing that God intends for the marriage covenant to reflect His Promise to never leave nor forsake..

Our spouse is God's perfect gift, to have, to hold from the day we are wed, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health; to love and to honor, to cherish, and to protect, forsaking others, until the last breath...

Reaffirm your pledge to fulfill your vows, exalt the sacred nature and permanence of the marriage covenant by calling others to honor and fulfill their vows.. our decisions affects the next generation, they are our children and our children's children. Marriage is God's calling, it is sacred not just a piece of paper to be used for selfish reasons.. to marry is to be born again, so don't give it to chance, but give all that you have to the Lord. He is life, and He is immutable and as you both obey, blessings and favors ever after not just in this lifetime but to the next generations as well.


9.11.2010

Rediscover your family as you journey with them in your kitchen (7/12)


Discovering the yummy goodness of garlic, butter, bell peppers, olive oil, and recreating left-overs is a homemaker's simple delight..I speak for those who are not so skilled in the cooking department, like me, but loves to eat and enjoys sharing  eureka moments with my kids.

  Have you ever experienced "just cooking" whatever is available in your fridge? Here in my country we call these accidental dishes "pacham",  from our tagalog root word Chamba, meaning just lucky. These accidental delicacies come to life because of different reasons.. others want to re-invent a dish (bored with the usual cooking), some just test their expertise in making anything from scratch (these are mostly the learned ones with cooking degree), and some of us simply needs to make a decent meal for our family and we need to utilize what's available in our fridge, in our backyard, in my case, from a planting pot of my son's science lab project.

A month ago, my son's special class started. This school year they are into gardening and science lab. He's so excited planting his first ever vegetable, pechay, technically his first was mongo seeds which he didn't use soil just  damp cotton, to have the sprouts, i guess it does not really count, right. A week later, my brother-in-law asked my eldest son to look after his herb pot.. Wilted leaves and dried soil didn't discourage my son from adopting the herbs...Thyme, Oregano, and Sage.. Atchak, is how my sons call him, introduced herbs to our family about 5years ago. Since then a simple cold cuts for breakfast will transform to a delightful "gourmet".. and anything from the can will have the unique experience of being drizzled with different kinds of herbs. I think that's one of the reason we love eating pasta too.

Here's brekky "pacham", let's start with my son's "gourmet sausage"... 
sausage (cooked in its own oil) add in garlic, rosemary, basil and parsley, simmer. Garnished with cucumber (previously dipped in salt, pepper, and vinegar).. We usually eat breakfast with garlic rice..
Lunch: Pinoy Pasta "pacham".. Marinate chicken with calamansi (lemon), salt and pepper. In olive oil, fry chicken breast for 2mins. Set aside.. In the same skillet, add in 2tbsp of butter, add minced garlic, shreds mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli. Once broccoli is half cooked, set aside..pour in pan all-purpose cream, add fried chicken. Add your favorite spices.. My son's Thyme, Rosemary, Parsley, Basil, Oregano, crushed Chili Peppers. Simmer for 5mins, then add in Malunggay leaves. Simmer for another 2mins. Pour over al dente whole wheat pasta. Drizzle with your favorite cheese toppings.. Today, my sons wanted mozzarella.





Snack time: Power Tortillas.. Spread pizza sauce thinly over tortilla, gather all available cheese in the fridge: sprinkle mozzarella, cheddar, blue cheese, cream cheese (hahaha, yep in a bottle). Pre-heat oven toaster, slide in "pacham" cheesy tortilla, pull out from oven when cheese starts to bubble.. ohhlalala...

Now, what's for dinner... the "pechay"!! Oh, I almost forgot, my son's teacher needs to give it a grade first.. hahaha.

Letting our kids help around the kitchen does not mean it will be easy for us, but these are priceless moments.. Let us make it happen, moms and dads... Cherish them.. Hmmm, it just crossed my mind, I might have a Wolfgang Puck in the future. Yehehehehes..

Bon Appetite everyone!!! Life is meant to be shared with.. It's the little things that matter.. Let's all be nurtured accordingly.

6.27.2010

thrift shops... random thoughts...(6/12)


Moms multi-task effortlessly..most women are designed that way, we just need to be more careful with the details...While waiting for my hubby to get back home from a wedding shoot, bits and pieces of stuff get sorted and solved in my head.. yep, yep, yep... for the coming weekends I'm already brewing the family's activities...

For the past years, I noticed thrift shops are mushrooming their way in our communities, be it in the heart of the city or the barrios.... offering all sorts of goodies that can be categorized as a daily need or a one-time requirement for an important occasion, like weddings or special production/intermissions for a play,  costumes for events that matter..

Months from now my family will be part of a wedding.. everyone likes weddings...Me? I love 'em!!!! It's the first time my boys will be participating in one.. their aunt wanted them to be part of the entourage as the ring bearer and the bible bearer, and my hubby as veil sponsor... we're all honored, and totally looking forward to this gathering... therefore, as early as July, I'll make sure we'll get to check all the nearest and popular "Ukay-ukay" (thrift shops).. that's topping my list of errands.. *evil grin*

Honestly, it's not going to be that burdensome to me.. I kinda get a bit elated shopping!!!!  hahaha..yes, especially in thrift stores...sale galore *both hands shaking behind ears"

This is going to be super fun and a one-of -a-kind adventure, no doubt.  The kids will definitely have an early holiday delight in a ranch, refreshing greens and yummy fresh fruits, riding the horses complete with gears and authentic cowboy and indian costumes... plane ride to reunite with other family members days before the wedding day, talk about quality time... and the all night hoe-down, square dancing and ballroom exhibitions with the dance instructors.. holding on to dear life as we swing down the zip line experience... yiiiiiha!!! the list of possibilities go on, actually.. let's all live well.. renew your vows to your spouse as the newly wed exchange theirs *blissful*... *ahem* (oooh, another blog peeking in).." To the ukay, Tonto."


Reception Music: Country songs by Tim Magraw, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and the like..
Motif: Pastel Blue Western Cowboy

6.26.2010

avatars (5/12)

one of my avatars..casually dressed in a movie house

It takes awhile until you've finalized your mood.. personality type.. fashion style.. or the closest image you think can justify your attributes if not the totality of your being, it was all worth it. After all, we are our best critic.. it's in our nature to make sure we look and feel good.. yes, even in making our own avatars...you have to admit it's kinda "Us" pasted on the sites as we make replies and comments or just want to make a statemet

I appreciate avatars, because with it I don't have to get new outfits just to have gorgeous profile pic downloaded or uploaded, nor take zillions of web cam shots, nor rummage my photo albums/boxes to painstakingly sort my nicest shots.. I don't want to sound so hellishly low,but it's just disappointing most of the time..It just takes an avatar of "me" to give identity to my profile and go on with my business.

That's what I have to say...for now.
What about you? Care to share your avatar?

2.02.2010

basic truth..(4/12)

However you try to hide your true desires... conceal your true intentions.. sooner or later you'll realize the truth will come to light.

Whatever is in your heart reflects what you think, how you speak, and do things... What drives our yearnings are mostly what we allow ourselves to be surrounded with. Observe your routine, how you deal with your daily encounters. Intelligent beings that we are, you have to admit  we are not perfect, we live in a dynamic life that needs constant checking.

Start your day right.. Renew your mind. How you make of this day will have a great effect on your life's next adventure, or lack  thereof. "garbage in, garbage out".. Stop pointing fingers. Start the change from within. You have kids living with you, then it's "monkey see, monkey do"



Make everyday delightful for you and your loved ones. Let's all have the habit of checking our heart, make sure it's in tuned with what your design to be.. God created you for a purpose.. You are His workmanship.




My Prayer for You:
May your heart's desires be in line with what God wants for you.. may you be surrounded with true friends, with their heart focused on pleasing the Lord, their one true love.. may you be refreshed everytime you read His Word, and may you be a breath of fresh air to those in need of hope..In Jesus name. Amen.

Matthew 6:33New Living Translation (©2007)

1.26.2010

A New Start.. Happy Birthday(3/12)

  Late 90's... like most music lovers my age, i was enticed by Jewel's voice and her songs... her vocals are as enchanting as her face, and the lyrics are just contemporary... who will save your soul When I first heard  this, all I wanted to do was sing it... it was quite a challenge, because of the changes in tempo I could hardly catch my breath.. I honestly didn't take any particular interest on what it means, just the fact that I can sing it (in my own version that is, confident much..hahaha). Years later, on my way home from a colorful 16hour-work, I heard myself ask "whom will I allow to save me?".. I can't think of anything else, but this song.. sounds familiar?.. Successful, but still lacking something.. Rested, yet my body longs for more vacation time.. never contented, always hungry.. wants more adventure, albeit the deaths and dying encounters almost everyday..

 In the middle of all my inner turmoil, I fell in love even before meeting him. He never insisted on his spiritual beliefs, and I wasn't very particular with those matters at that time, because all I can think of was how to make this wonderful bliss last me a lifetime. For me, and yes, for most of us: The key to any disagreement is "Mature Communication". We enjoy listening to what the other has too say, we can talk about anyhing.. Affirmation.. I's so crazy with the lyrics, I focus most of my passionate conversations with him using this song.

 Before I submitted myself to Christ, I was self-sufficient. I have this invisible armour that I am "safe".. kinda felt confident that I'm in the medical field: constantly on-call to pitch in for a colleague, and automatically be able to render service to others, I always have a "good deed" done for the day.. There was a moment that I was like justifying my existence everyday..  I haven't been doing my church responsibility, because I honestly enjoy weekend duties (double pay and the floor is not as "toxic" as we coin it)... Bonus part: my hubby understands my career is a big part of who I am.


-- Ho Humm.. Another Ordinary Day, or so I thought --
  Faith.. Prayer.. woooo.. too spiritual for me... 

Summer time arrived, my mom-in-law visited. One afternoon, over tuna sandwiches, & pomelo juice, she started sharing childhood memories of her son to me: childhood related accidents, scholastic standings, faith goals of the whole family, & their desire for him to be wed with someone of the same faith. Hold on to your keyboards!!! Yes, I didn't do any tumblings nor cartwheel exhibitions, I smiled like a beauty queen. Poised. I have no idea why, but I didn't contradict her. Kinda weird, but I made her say her piece and I wasn't planning on retaliating. Yep, even on the subconscious level, no ammos were secretly loaded.. She shared relationship with Christ, and to my surprise I didn't react like I normally do  ☺Flashback: College years: my born again classmates will sit beside me.. I flee from them, or just make a scene, something like: run around the university field shouting: "Ahhhh, Born Againts!!!!"

  Who knew?.. Amazing!!!! I received Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Just like that, in my own living room, over a small snack.. Well, while she was sharing, my life flashed before my eyes, and I kept on hearing what the pastor said during my eldest son's dedication (hmmmm, that's another blog): "As a mom, it is your responsibility to make sure he is exposed to the Godly beliefs, make sure his faith will guide his convictions, and that he will be firm with this."... I realized how selfish I was. But I see Hope.. Served for me..Challenging me.. Salvation!!!
 

-- The Promise --
 Everyday, we are molded by what we see, by who we spend time with, by what we believe in.. I still posses the knowledge and the skills, the heart of excellence, and the joy to serve others, but most importantly now I know "I am saved".. My children and their children's children will know of His greatness. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (josua24:15)

 Salvation is received when we stop trusting in ourselves..everything has been done for us..on the cross.. He exchanged His righteousness for our sins.. Trust in God.. Awareness of your beliefs, starts with the acceptance of who is in charge of your life.. you need to acknowledge who you serve.. pray with me now, if you choose to have a fresh start:

 Prayer for Salvation:

 Heavenly Father..I acknowledge that the separation between us.. is because of my sin.. i confess that i have sinned.. and have fallen far short of your glory.. I thank you that you sent your son, Jesus.. to pay the penalty for my sin.. I believe that he died on the cross for me.. i want to turn away from everything the Bible calls sin.. and receive you as my Lord, Master, and savior.. help me to love, serve and obey You..for the rest of my life..in Jesus name.. Amen!

Born Again..you are!!! The heaven's rejoicing!!!! Turn away from what the bible calls sin, so better read that book, obey what's written.. Consistent all these years, He gave us the bible to be the best guide to a better life.. tell other's about your new commitment to follow Christ.. Today is the day, let us celebrate this new life!!! Happy Birthday!!!


1.25.2010

moms are sprinkled with more than pixie dusts (2/12)

A couple of years back, my family and I were gallivanting around Star City... we passed by an entire wall, designed with mixed materials, painted and sculpted with the magical cast of "Peter Pan and Neverland". I had this urge to pose beside "Tinkerbell".



I never did see myself as a princess, I'm  more of those fairies... As Wendy have read with her grand daughter, Maggi, in the movie "Hook" (starring Julia Roberts & Robin Williams)  "When the first baby laughed for the first time, his laugh broke into a million pieces, and they all went skipping about. That was the beginning of fairies." Moms came about because of unselfish love for self. We are the result of passion and desire for greatness. We are in the position to direct the next generation to be fantabulous!!!

I see myself as guardians of little children, magnifying what is wonderful and beautiful in life. Making sure they learn as young as they are who should be in the center of their world, and that their heart for excellence is the standard to set in every endeavor. So be sure you take your daily doze of  the refreshing Word. Read my blog and you'll find out we are dainty and totally bodacious all in one tiny package. Thank you, Lord for making my life colorful, a delight in your eyes.

just a thought (1/12)

Have you ever wondered what life would be like without you? Did you ever daydream to be in someone's life? Are you genuinely happy? Do you want to know what really matters? Do you want to know what your purpose is? Do you feel alone? unloved? unheard? You think you're faithless? unworthy? a know-it-all caught reading this blog?


We all want what's best, material  and social, not just for ourselves, but for our family, and friends, even for everyone... basically because of the fact that it's in our nature to  desire for what is pleasurable.. During challenging times the powerful lines of "what if's" makes situations better than reality itself to most of us.. some of us hide behind masks, others physically detach themselves from reality to the extent of unconsciously abusing defense mechanisms like repression and supression, displacement and passiveness which can eventually lead to depression, drugs, perversions, or something  we don't want any of our next of kin to suffer from.. some cannot even comprehend why there are those who want to raise kids in this lifetime.


There is Hope... A new day, a new life waiting to be lived... We stumble along the way, let's learn with that. Let's make the right choices next time. Commit to your convictions. Life may not be easy now because of mistakes we've deliberately or accidentally committed and omitted to do.. Repent..A 180 degree-turn in your life. Grow up from life's follies. Let's face the consequences of our bloopers.  Nobody's perfect, but if you think you are, then it means you are ready to face The Creator =P