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I am so preoccupied since this morning. I was the one preparing the food for our media noche. It was a tiresome job but I am happy to do it. After all, it only happens once a year. Only my parents and I are at home. My four sisters are in Cotabato City. The other one in Manila as she already has a family of her own and the other one is in Zamboanga. It is making me sad to think of my siblings being away from us. I am used to having them around as we welcome the new year.  But our respective jobs keep us away from each other.

I went to the church with my mother to attend the mass. It is the best thing I have to do to forget my loneliness. Kids from the neighborhood came over and sang songs for me. In exchange for a twenty peso bill each. The excitement on their faces made me smile. I could see myself in them when I was still a little girl.



Whenever people think of Mindanao, what would come to their minds is that it is a place of violence and barbarism. It is a war zone, cradle of kidnappings, massacres and all other crimes you can think of. For others, it is a breeding ground of terrorism. Because of this bad reputation, the tourism industry in this region suffers.
 
It is very disheartening for me every time I tell people where I came from. As their first reaction is, oh really, is it safe there? I want to tell anybody who reads this that Mindanao is not all about violence. There is also beauty and goodness here. Visit Aliawan Enterprises and see what Mindanao has to offer.



Aliawan Enterprises is a site that highlights the other side of Mindanao as captured by the lenses of their cameras and through their travel chronicles. When I learned about this site, it was like finding somebody who has the same point of view as me. I read one of their articles that is very interesting. A foreigner wrote it. I felt so ashamed of myself after reading it. I am a native of Mindanao but what I know of this place is nothing compared to what he knows. I shared the article to some of my foreign friends in the hope that their negative idea about my place will change.
 
Discover the unique and rich cultural heritage of the Mindanaoans today. Visit http://www.aliawanenterprises.com/.





When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings

When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessings




These lines were taken from the lyrics of Jose Mari Chan's song Count your Blessings.  I really love this song.  I always sing it when I feel so down.  As the year draws to an end,  I looked back at the previous months that passed and there is nothing I feel but an enormous and never-ending feeling of gratefulness and overwhelming joy for all the blessings that the Great Provider has given me.  I want to thank Him for:
  • the good health of my family
  • my job
  • my wonderful boss
  • the strangers I met and eventually became my good friends
  • another year that has been added to my life
  • all the material possessions that He has given me
  • the grace to help others who are in need
  • keeping my loved ones safe and sound
  • making me realized my goal of starting a blog (thanks to Ate An)
  • the time I spent bonding with my two younger sisters.
  • my bff (best friends forever) that taught me how to love dogs.
  • my friends in bloglandia
  • the air that I breathe every second of my life
  • the heart and pulses, every organ in my body that never cease to function so i can live well
There are still a lot for me to be thankful for but I can't put them all here.  If I do, I will never be able to finish this post forever heheheh....


With these blessings that I received and continue on receiving, what is better than sharing them to others?  That's the only way I can think of to thank the Great Provider.  This has been a wonderful year to me.  Thank you very much Lord for everything.
With Love Wednesday



It is With Love Wednesday once again. This week I will talk about gifts.


December is a gift-giving month. Since it is Christmas, we give gifts to people who are close to our hearts, our family, loved ones, friends, godchildren and all who are dear to us. Last year, I gave gifts to my neighbors especially the kids. However, this year, since I turned 30, I decided to give myself gifts. It is not wrong being kind to our self sometimes. That I learned from Jason. At least I do not feel guilty anymore for the things I bought for myself.

 

This year as a gift to myself, I bought a laptop and digital camera. I think of it as a reward to myself for reaching my goals this year. I have learned to love and give value to myself now. It is not being selfish, but how can we give love to others when we do not love ourselves?



As for my sister Erika, I gave her Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books, a Hello Kitty pink body bag and two Harry Potter books. This is to encourage her to read more.

 

I thought nobody would remember to give me a gift, but my landlady did. She gave me a cute table lamp. I am not a meticulous and choosy person; I can appreciate anything. As always, it is the thought that counts after all. For this year, I do not have anything to ask anymore, as far as I know, I have received all I want this year. For as long as my family, friends and all my loved ones are in good health, that is already more than enough for me.


Today is my parents' 34th wedding anniversary.  They are not sweet as couple. Read my previous post about them to fully understand what I am saying.   Arguing is a constant part of their 34 years of marriage.  I wondered what make them last this long.  Whatever it is, I am happy that they are still together.  They stick through thick and thin.  They experienced ups and downs of life but successfully battled it all.  They are two different people but they compliment each other.  If my father is the fire, it is my mother who serves as the water who put it out and vice versa.  If only married couple could adapt this attitude, maybe divorce or annulment will become a thing of the past.  There would be no place for broken homes.  Children will be happy to see their family intact and in harmony.

As for my parents, I wish they will live long to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.  Being their daughter, there could nothing be more happier than seeing them being married again and renew their vows for each other.



We are two people with different personalities. I am the eldest while he is the only boy in our brood of seven. We used to be mortal enemies when he was in his teens. He used to have this attitude of interfering with serious discussions among grown-ups and announced his unsolicited, nonsense and irritating views and ideas. I hated it so much that one time; I threw a saucer at him. Not contented with what I did, I kicked him and pulled his hair until I was able to pour out all my furiousness towards him. I felt so relieved with what I did; but when I saw him teary-eyed, I felt so guilty. I regretted what I did. He is my only brother why I did that thing to him? It is not that I am being mean with him. It is just that his immaturity pissed me off. There have been incidents of me throwing boiling water towards him (unsuccessful though because he ran so fast I cannot keep up with him).



I adore him when he was a small boy. I would buy him small presents when I came home from school. I would even get angry when some of my cousins would make him punched one of his playmates. When he approached puberty, things became a little different. We rarely talked and his intolerable attitude started to show. Now that we both reached the age of maturity and rarely see each other (he is working in a different place), I noticed that we become closer in terms of our relationship as siblings. He would share about his problems with me. One thing he never did before. Well, at least that is something I wanted from him. Maybe being away made us cherish each other.


I admit that I am not a perfect sister to him and to the rest of my siblings. However, I am trying to make up for everything. It is not yet too late to be a better sister to them. I am just very lucky to earn their respect and love.


Starry, starry night, paint your pallet blue and gray. …. I always remember this line from the song Vincent every time I gaze at the sky on a starry night.  This is something I enjoy doing to let the time pass when I am with my parents.  I missed this one thing when I am in the city.  For a night like this can never be appreciated there because the glaring lights upstage the beauty of the night sky.

When I was a little girl, there was no electricity in our barrio.  There was no television too.  The children’s past time was playing in the street on a moonlit night.  We call this game bulan-bulan.  “Bulan” means moon in our local dialect.  We would make a big circle using water.  The older folks let the time pass by sharing about their adventures, their stories of the day and sometimes scary experiences with paranormal things or beings or sometimes, scary characters of the folklores.  The most popular were the aswang and the manananggal.  According to the old folks, these creatures eat the innards of humans especially the babies and pregnant women.  The children like us would listen to them.  I on the other hand would feigned that I am not scared at all because if they knew you were scared, they would frightened you more.  One time I dared myself.  I walked from my grandmother’s house to ours all alone.  I told myself that I am not scared and nothing can make me scared.  The moonlight was shining so brightly that night that I could not resist watching its beauty.  When I looked at the sky, what got my attention was not the moon but to my great horror, a big flying creature!  There was only one thing in my mind at that time it was the manananggal!  I did not know how I got home.  The next thing I knew was that, I was screaming and pounding at the door begging my mother to open it for me because I was so afraid the big monster would eat me.  Who would want to be a sumptuous meal of some dreaded being?  Not me, never.  


It used to be a story of horror for me but not anymore.  I am laughing every time I remember it.  I realized that what I saw that night was not a manananggal but very big specie of bat commonly known in our dialect as “kabog”.  It is one of my favorite stories, which I share with my baby sister.


At around seven in the morning, I woke up to my cousin’s voice as she tried to wake me up. I am still very sleepy as I slept around two in the morning. I do not want to get up yet but because of her insistence, I was persuaded to stand up and greet the morning sun. Oh my, what a day. I am happy because we are together. We have a gathering like some sort of a reunion. We are not complete though. This event is to realize my Uncle Puyan’s wish of having a gathering in our ancestral home when he was still alive. His plan was interrupted by his premature death in December of 2007. My heart still bleeds everytime I saw my aunt crying when she talks about him. We have not recovered from our great loss yet. I felt a pang of sadness inside me. I just let it pass as today is Christmas. I am not supposed to dwell in my negative thoughts.



We had a small gathering. Neighbors and other members of the family came over. We had a little chit chat. We looked at my aunt’s old photo albums and reminisced our childhood years. We had a good laugh at our pictures filled with innocence. I love moments like this. If only my grandparents were alive to witness what became of us. I know they will never be disappointed. I also know, my Uncle Puyan is watching us from his place in heaven.














Yesterday was my niece’s birthday. My cousins and I brought the kids to the nearby swimming pool. We were all eager to take a dip in the cold water of the pool. The kids were all so excited. However, we were disappointed when we arrived there. The pool for adults was not filled as they drained it in preparation for the New Year. Therefore, instead of us swimming, only the kids got the joy of splashing the water. My two cousins were able to swim at the kid’s pool as they were supervising the kids. And me? I was the photographer. That explains why I am not in the picture.
This wonderful story came from a leaflet sent to me by the Lutheran Hour Philippines on the Christmas of 2002.

By the time the Lord made the woman, He was into His 6th day of working overtime. An angel appeared and asked. "Lord, why are you spending so much time on this one?"

And the Lord answered, "Have you seen the specification sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have 200 movable parts, can run on black coffee and leftovers, have a lap that can hold two children at one time and that disappears when she stands up, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart, and have a six pairs of hands."

The angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. "Six pairs of hands! No way!" exclaimed the angel. The Lord replied, "Oh, it's not the hands that are the problem. It's the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have!" "Should she get all that?" the angel asked. The Lord nodded in agreement. "Yep, one pair of eyes are to see what she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head are to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can.  And the third pair are here in the front of her head.  They are for looking at an errant child and saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word."

The angel told the Lord, "This is too much work for one day, my Lord.  Please wait until tomorrow to finish."   "But I can't!" The Lord replied, "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart."


The angel moved closer and touched the woman,  "But you have made her so soft, Lord."  "She is soft,"  the Lord agreed,  "but I have also made her tough.  You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."  Will she be able to think?" asked the angel.  The Lord replied, "Not only that.  She will be able to reason and negotiate."

The angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman's cheek, "Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model."  "That's not a leak,"  the Lord objected.  "That's a tear!" "What's the tear for?"  the angel asked.  The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her grief, her disappointment, her loneliness, and her pride."


The angel was impressed.  "You are a genius, Lord.  You really thought of everything."


And the Lord replied, "That's because a woman should be fully equipped in order for her to handle everything.  Women should have strength when men lack them, and their wives should be able to strengthen their husbands when needed.  They will rear children, they will face hardships and burdens BUT they will also experience happiness, love and joy.  They can smile when they want to scream.  They can sing when they want to cry.  They can cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous.  They can fight for what they believe in.   They can stand up for injustice.  They won't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.  They would go to the doctor with a frightened friend. They would love unconditionally.  they would cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards.  Their hearts can break when a friend dies.  They would have sorrow at the loss of a family member, yet they can be strong when they think there is no strength left.  They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.  They'll do everything to show how much they care about you.  The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin!  Women do more than just give birth.  They bring joy and hope.  They give compassion and ideals.  And by the way, women come in all sizes, in all colors and shapes, too."


And the Lord concluded, "Women have a lot to say and a lot to give.  And someday, I will also enjoy my creation for when my time comes to save humanity and become a human myself, a woman will deliver me into the world...and I, too, would have a MOTHER."



Now that is one big reason why we celebrate Christmas today.  For there was this very special woman who took the responsibility of giving birth to the Greatest Man who ever lived.  

Merry Christmas World, Happy Birthday Lord!!! 

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I can't sleep because I am excited for the Noche Buena.  I hope everyone is having a good time.  I am letting the time pass by surfing the net and visiting blogs.  Well, what can I say but MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERY PERSON IN THE WHOLE WORLD WHO BELIEVES IN THIS SPECIAL OCCASSION.

Why pink and not white?  Simply because I am a girl who loves everything that is pink in color.  Forgive me for being bias with colors.  I can't help favoring pink.  This color means happiness to me.


With Love Wednesday
Friends are one of the blessings we have in our lives.  The ones we cherished like our own family.  They are the ones whom we can share our secrets that we cannot tell our parents.  There are some of them who would park for a while in our lives celebrate with us and then go on.  Some would stay only to hurt and betray you.  In addition, there are also those special ones who would stick with you no matter what.

I am just one of the lucky few who were able to find these special people sometime in my life.  However, I also have my own share of disappointments with friends, but still I did not lose my faith in friendship.  I do not have many friends though.  However, I can vouch that they are the right kind of people for me.   For what is the use of having a lot of them when you do not know if, they are genuine or not, right?  I have friends whom I met at school, work, online and during my childhood.


This is one of my cherished pictures.  With me here are my friends Teresa and Romilyn.  Eventhough I am no longer connected with Citi Hardware, still they remain my good friends.

Friends are one of the blessings we have in our lives.  The ones we cherished like our own family.  They are the ones whom we can share our secrets that we cannot tell our parents.  There are some of them who would park for a while in our lives celebrate with us and then go on.  Some would stay only to hurt and betray you.  In addition, there are also those special ones who would stick with you no matter what.
I am just one of the lucky few who were able to find these special people sometime in my life.  However, I also have my own share of disappointments with friends, but still I did not lose my faith in friendship.  I do not have many friends though.  However, I can vouch that they are the right kind of people for me.   For what is the use of having a lot of them when you do not know if, they are genuine or not, right?  I have friends whom I met at school, work, online and during my childhood.

Life can be very lonely without a friend to share it with.  Nobody would appreciate you for who you are.  Nobody would pat your back even for a small feat.  You will not have a shoulder for you to cry on when you need to.  Be happy for the people that were once a stranger that helps you see the beauty of everything and made you value the essence of friendship.


 And this is my BFF whom I share all the silly thoughts in my mind and the one who absorbs my craziness when I am having a PMS. heheheh....  He is like the older brother I never had.


Body piercing like tattoo can be considered as a form of art.  It is something that anybody who appreciates this form of art does to enhance their looks.  It is the "in" thing these days; a part of the evolving fashion.  But before engaging yourself in this art, you should equip yourself with enough knowledge about the techniques employed in body piercing.  To avoid the risk of having an infection, it is important to choose high quality materials for the kind of jewelry that you will use.


For your body jewellery needs, you can trust Great Piercing Shop.  It is an online body jewelry store that has a large collection of high quality body piercing jewelries that is available for viewing and ordering at their website, www.greatpiercingshop.com.  Their products include nipple rings, belly button rings, piercings for eyebrow, tongue, nose, navel, lip and a lot more.  You will surely be satisfied of the quality of the materials they are using to make these state of the art jewelries as they are using stainless steel, acrylics, organic, silver, titanium, solid gold and gold plated materials. Most of these products are available and ready for shipment after purchasing from their website.  If you are in the US, shipping is free for a minimum purchase of $30.  But if you decide that the items you purchased are not of your liking, you can return the same and they will give you a corresponding refund.

For your inquiries about their products, you can do it by simply filling up a form on their website and their customer service representative will be attending to your concern at a soonest possible time.  What a great service indeed.  That is one thing I always look for in an establishment.














This picture was taken when she was a few days old.  She is sleeping with her siblings here.




This is what Ushi looked like when she was barely a month.  She is a very cute babe.




This is her latest picture. She's posing with mama Daisy. She's growing very fast.  She is a full grown dog now.   You cannot hug her anymore as she will wiggle if you do that.







Wake Up
Artist(Band):Coheed And Cambria






I'm gonna ride this plane out of your life again
I wish that I could stay, but you argue
More than this I wish, you could've seen my face
In backseats staring out, the window


I'll do anything for you
Kill anyone for you


So leave yourself intact
'Cause I will be coming back
In a phrase to cut these lips
I love you


The morning will come
In the press of every kiss
With your head upon my chest
Where I will annoy you
With every waking breath
Until you decide to wake up


I've earned through hope and faith
On the curves around your face
That I'm the one you'll hold forever
If morning never comes for either one of us
Then this I pray to you wherever


I'll do anything for you
This story is for you
('Cause I'd do anything you want me to for you)
I'll do anything for you
Kill anyone for you


So leave yourself intact
'Cause I won't be coming back
In a phrase to cut these lips
I loved you


The morning will come
In the press of every kiss
With your head upon my chest
Where I will annoy you
With every waking breath
Until you decide to wake up


The morning will come
In the press of every kiss
With your head upon my chest
Where I will annoy you
With every waking breath
'Til you decide to wake up

I really love this song.  It is sooooo sweet.  Even Jason agrees with me.  But when I told him to sing me the song, he would never even sing a single line because according to him, it will make him so girly.  He said he would sing You're Beautiful by James Blunt for me instead or Coheed and Cambria's Welcome Home.  That one is his favorite.

We are suppose to have a Christmas party at the office today, but due to some incident beyond our control, it was cancelled sad to say.  We are waiting for our checks since Tuesday.  Yesterday was a big disappointment for all of us.  What we are expecting did not arrive on time.  Our excitement was dampened.  We were all in bad mood.  We were complaining about it but my boss said, we have to look at it in a different perspective.  Instead of being so negative about it, we have to realize that we have lot of things to be thankful for.  First is that, we may not have receive our checks on time but surely it will be arriving soon.  It is better than not expecting anything at all.  Second, we may be in dire need of cash but still we are healthy and roaming free.  We can do anything we want.  It is better compared to those who got a billion net worth yet they are behind bars and under the scrutiny of the eyes of the public facing so many scandals.  And last, we are in perfect health condition and enjoying every blessing that comes our way.  We are lucky enough that we can sleep soundly at night knowing that we have not hurt anybody in our everyday dealing with our fellow human beings.  And the good news?  Before we go home this afternoon, our checks arrived not one, not two, but three!  Now that's something for us to be very grateful. 
It is the first day of the Misa de Gallo also known as "Simbang Gabi".  It is a Filipino tradition of attending dawn masses for nine consecutive mornings.  There is a belief among Filipinos that if you are able to complete the attendance of the nine dawn masses, your Christmas wish will be granted.  I don't want to spoil the excitement of those people of believe it but I think we are all thinking it wrong.  The real essence of Misa de Gallo is all about preparation and a celebration for the coming of the Savior.  It is not a wishing well that will grant our wishes said one priest in last night's evening news.  So I hope we would go to church not for our wishes but to prepare ourselves to receive the Lord in our hearts.

Maligayang Pasko po sa ating lahat!

With Love Wednesday


Hello guys!  It's Wednesday again, time for With Love Wednesday meme.  This is my own share of thoughts today.


Since I started working, I have been away from our home and my parents most of the time.  I can only go home when there is a long holiday or long weekend.  It is something I look forward to whenever I am away.  Anywhere I am, I always long for the familiar ambiance of the place where I grew up, our home. This is the place I shared with my siblings when we are still young.  We consider it our nest until we got our wings to fly on our own.  But now that we are all grown ups and have different lives to lead, it is very rare for us to be together anymore.  The last time I went home, I felt so hollow inside me. For the home which was once full of screaming kids now looks abandoned and very quiet that it sent tears to my eyes.  If not for the kids from the neighborhood that's frequenting our home, it will be just another lonely place once filled with laughter and cries but now forgotten by time.


Our home may be old and rotten because of the years it battled but the comfort it gives me has never fade through the years.  It is the cradle of my childhood memories, the silent witness of my own metamorphosis.  Wherever my adventures in life would bring me, I would always find myself flying back to the place where I started, our home.


Truly, there is no place like home.
We do everything to protect our properties.  We get our car, our home and our other properties insured.  But what about our health?  Have you ever considered protecting it?  They say health is wealth that is why it should be protected the way we do with our properties.

In this time of uncertainty, we need to be prepared for the unexpected.  We don't want to get sick but sometimes we can't avoid it no matter how cautious we are.  With the staggering price of going to the doctor for check ups, we are having second thoughts and forego this much needed procedure to check our health status.  It is very sad to see our hard-earned money go down the drain.  In order to avoid this misfortune, we need something dependable in times like this.  And there is no better than getting a health insurance.  I consider it one of the best investments everyone should have so I get myself insured four months ago.  I have been spending a fraction of my savings for it.

Having a health insurance need not be that expensive.  There is an insurance company based at Miami, Florida named Cinergy Health Insurance that will assist you with your health care needs.  They have various plans that are within the budget of an average earner.  Applying for one is easy as there are no multiple pages form you have to fill out.  Once your application is approved, you are already covered and can avail of your chosen plan's benefits that very day.  One of these benefits is that you can go to the hospital and doctors of your own choice without worrying how much it will cost you as your insurance will take care of it.  You can now be at ease everytime you visit the doctor for check-ups, undergo medical treatments or diagnostic procedures.  With Cinergy Health Insurance's affordable health plans, anybody can have a quality health care like the ones offered by a more expensive medical insurance plans without spending too much.

Start taking care of your health now.  Get insured with Cinergy Health Insurance.



Jason woke me up singing Happy Birthday over the phone two days after my birthday (for him it's only 1 day after because of our different time zones).  The guy could sing.  He has a good voice for singing.  It was the first time I heard him sing.  I was flattered by his efforts to call me and sing considering that he is from the other side of the world.  Not everybody could do that.  To have somebody close to my heart sing to me is already enough to make my day.


He said I am his favorite friend and knowing it makes me a little spoiled with him.  I can be a little child with him.  He tolerates my crazy thoughts but also admonish me whenever I am already too much to handle.  He is the elder brother I never had.  Well anyway, next time I will let him sing Star Spangled Banner and the them song of a Japanese anime Bleach he was telling me about.  He sings the Japanese song without any idea what it means. :)

I woke up early and do my laundry.  I have to stop by at Goldilocks later to buy Erika the cake I had promised her last week.  I am happy today.  I am singing; not caring at all if I am doing it right.  What's so special about today?  Well, it is my birthday.  Thanks God, I reached three decades and still surviving the harshness of life.  My wishes this day is good health and long fruitful life for my family and for the people who are so dear to me;  and also for God to grant the deepest desires of my heart.  I know one day He will give it to me. 


I have been so blessed this year that sometimes I can't believe if it is real or I am only in the middle of a good dream.  Sometimes I stop and think about it.  I would even pinch myself or slap my face to convince myself that this is all real.
For an unknown reason, I am in the state of euphoria since this morning even though I lack sleep.  I only slept three hours.  Normally, I would get grumpy when I don't have enough rest and sleep.  But today is different.  Suddenly I feel so positive about things. I am so light-hearted.  It is as if nothing could spoil my day.  Not even the unpredictable weather, the martial law and the depressing news. I hope this feeling will bring me good luck for days to come.


In the middle of this euphoria, I am telling myself when will it end?  I am scared of too much happiness.  I don't know why do I feel this way.  It sounds crazy.  All human being wants happiness.  When I am very happy I try to control it because I feel something bad will happen after that.  


It started when I was in elementary.  My classmates were playing while I on the other hand  would just sit down in a corner trying not to make myself happy because  if I do, the  moment I got home, for sure I would hear bad news or my mother or my father would scold me.  Well, scolding for me is a very bad news.


I know it's not a good way of thinking.  It has no basis at all.  This fear just sprang up from my innocent young mind.  And sadly up to now, I can't still get over it.

Today marks the second year of my uncle's death. A man who was mercilessly murdered because of his principles. A man who had done nothing but advanced the life of the of the ordinary farmers and peasants.  He was employed at a non-governmental organization that provides livelihood, infrastructures and equipments to improve the living conditions of the farmers in Mindanao.  But for some selfish reason, the unknown murderers plotted and succeeded in cutting his life short.  He was young and still has a lot to do in the service of the poor farmers that he loved.  He being a son of a farmer himself knew and understood the hardships and sacrifices of the most deprive sector of the country.


In my heart, I am still nursing the feeling of fury and vengeance.  Two years had passed and yet, hatred still resides inside me.  For a good and principled man to be killed by such a painful death is very hard to accept.  When we lost him, the pillar of our family collapsed.  He was the person we go to when we have problems.  He was a loving husband to my aunt, a friend and loving father for his nephews, nieces and children.  A doting grandfather to his grandchildren.  He never fails to make us all laugh with his funny punchlines and antics.


Two years, yet no one was apprehended and brought to justice.  It  was just another case of unsolved murder.  Two years and my heart still bleeds and crying for justice.  I hope one day it will happen.  I am not losing my hope.

With Love Wednesday



Jona, a new found friend in bloglandia invited me to a Wednesday meme.  this week's topic is about families.  So here's mine.

I have read a funny line somewhere that says, "Family is like a fudge; all sweet with a few nuts."  I really had a good laugh with this one because it kind of reminded me of my own family.  I am the eldest in the brood of six girls and a boy.  My two sisters were already married.  Five of us are working while the two younger ones are still in college and high school.  We are seven different personalities who are trying to get along and live in harmony with each other.  We may have different traits yet we have one thing in common.  All our names start with letter E.  From my parents down to the youngest child.  I don't know why my parents made it a tradition.

Elanie is a little naughty.  Oh God, I hate when she tickles me.  Euvelyn is reliable and the "madiskarte".  Leave her alone and she can still survive.  She always finds way to solve her problems.  Ellen is the silent type and the secretive one.  But she can be helpful too.  If you can deal with her loads of self-pity and a large reserve of patience, the two of you will get along well.  Elvin on the other hand is a survivor.  He had learned life's lesson at a young age.  After dealing with the ups and downs of life, he was able to bounce back and stand tall like a bamboo after the storm battered it to the ground.  I am glad he is responsible now.  Eleonor is the one whom you can trust with your secrets.  She is the mediator of the family.  And finally, Erika, the baby in the family.  She is a little spoiled as she gets everyone's attention.  She was born eight days before my 16th birthday and eight years after Eleonor.  You can imagine the jealousy that sparked in Eleonor's heart when Erika got what used to be hers.  I am glad they are getting along (well, sometimes) now.  And me?  Did I tell you my name is Elena?  I am the talkative one and has a sharp tongue of candidness.  As for my parents, click here to know about them.

P.S.

My nephew's name is Eldridge and the one coming on the way will surely get a name that starts with letter E too.  Well, what else is new? :)



Today is the second Sunday of the Advent season. For the Roman Catholic Church, the second Sunday of the Liturgical Year.  When I was in high school, we were making an Advent Wreath from green leaves of and shaped it into a circle and put four candles.  Three purple candles and a pink one.  The circular shape of the wreath symbolizes eternity and candles are Light of Christ.  On the first Sunday, the first purple candle is being lit as a symbol of prophecy, the second candle for love on the second Sunday.  The pink candle is being lit on the third Sunday and represents joy. And the fourth candle is being lit on the fourth Sunday symbolizes peace. And it is during Advent that our school would sing the song O Come Divine Messiah and  I would summon all the air in my lungs just to sing this beautiful song.

 O come, divine Messiah!
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.

Refrain:
Dear Savior haste;
Come, come to earth,
Dispel the night and show Thy face,
And bid us hail the dawn of grace.
O come, divine Messiah!
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.
  
O Christ, whom nations sigh for,
Whom priest and prophet long foretold,
Come break the captive fetters;
Redeem the long-lost fold.
Refrain

  You come in peace and meekness,
And lowly will Thy cradle be;
All clothed in human weakness
We shall Thy Godhead see.
Refrain



Advent is the time to prepare for the coming of the Messiah.  It is already the second Sunday, are you prepared already?  Have you open your hearts to let Him in?  It is not time for luxurious gifts but for us to mend our ways and this could be the greatest gift we could give to the Greatest King of all time.

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In this time of economic slowdown all over the world, there is hardly a chance that we can find a bank or lending institution that would assist in our dire need of financial support without a collateral.

I've been affected with economic slack, too.  When I tried to get a loan, the financial institution I went to was requiring a lot of papers from me.  From pay slips to identification cards and a lot more.  And when I was able to comply all the requirements, I was granted a very disheartening amount.  After all the effort I exerted, it was not worth it.


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It was 9 p.m. last night when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared Maguindanao to be under the martial rule by virtue of Proclamation No. 1959.  It was formally proclaimed this morning at around 7 a.m.  The writ of habeas corpus has been suspended as well except for places known to be under the control of the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front).  Warrantless arrest is now in effect.  This is for the military to go after the Maguindanao massacre suspects. Human rights lawyer Atty. Manuel Diokno said in an interview that the proclamation is unconstitutional; as Martial Law can only be declared when there is an actual act of rebellion.  On the declaration of suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, Article III section 15 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution provides:  “The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended except in cases of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it.”  In our present situation, there no actual or imminent form of rebellion at all.  The President through Sec. Eduardo Ermita, justified the said declaration only to suppress lawlessness in the province of Maguindanao.  


Well, whether it is legal or not, I just hope it will produce positive results in relation to the said gruesome massacre.  To render speedy justice to the victims and prove to the world that our country is not powerless in the prosecution of the criminals.  So that we can go back to our normal lives again and live in peace. 

My baby sister Erika is celebrating her 14th birthday today.  I can't believe it.  She used to be the little girl who would walk behind me, tugged my hand as her butt or her back is itching.  I named her myself.  I am always telling her that her name means brave so she must be brave in front of anything and anybody.  She is our little girl who would pose for us to take her picture.  The little girl who would fester me to buy halo-halo and ice cream.  The baby who pouts when she can't get what she wants.  She used to be very shy but now, she is slowly coming out of her shell to mingle with teen-agers her age, her classmates.

Like a butterfly, she metamorphosized into a very  conservative lady.  She would not wear hanging shirts and tank tops.  She would not come with me when I wear shorts and sleeveless.  We did not prepare anything for her today.  I just talked her into having a joint celebration with me.  Thanks God she agreed as long as there's Goldilocks cake for her :)  I may be a selfish sister because I don't want her to grow old.  I want her to be always the baby that is waiting for me after her class and grasp my hand with much trust that I can keep her safe when we cross the road.  I miss those moments with her.  I dreaded the day that some man would take her away from me.  I don't think I can stand it.  One thing I noticed about her.  She loves reading Harry Potter books already.  I hope she will like Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys too as I do.

To my dear little sister, a very happy birthday.  May you get all the best in life. 








If there is a person I hate next to a criminal,  it's the irresponsible smoker.  I really hate to see a person puffing deadly smoke in the presence of the public.


Yesterday on my way home, I happened to be riding with two irritating passengers.  People who were not thinking at all.  People who were not conscientious enough to think that they are not the only people around.  I became a victim of the deadly smoke they were emitting.  Great!  I became a second hand smoker.  Thanks to these stupid guys.  They didn't care that not all people enjoy what they were doing.  I was itching to tell them but I stopped myself.  I did not wanted to humiliate them in front of other people.  They already saw that I was covering my nose.  It was a dead give away already but stupid as they are, they didn't took my hint.  Why can't they just take in all the smoke and drown their lungs with it instead of puffing it out and polluting the non-smokers in the process?


 I was revolting until I alighted from the jeepney.  I wanted to punched their faces so they will realize what inconvenience they had done to me. I hope they choke.  I am crossing my fingers.  Maybe they need to have an emphysema or worse lung cancer to realize that smoking is bad for their health.



In the past, pearl jewelry is being associated with the affluent and popular personalities; as they were the ones who can afford to own and keep this exceptional treasure.  It is one of the accessories women want to put around their neck, ears and wrists.  They say diamonds are girl's best friend, well pearls too.  As time passed by, pearls were made available to all who love this rare beauty especially to women; as there are already farms of cultured pearls.


I belong to those women who were enchanted by the beauty of pearls.  Good thing is that I can have my own set of pearls without paying much as there is a company that can provide me with these goods of high quality.
It is the Oriental Pearls, a USA based company accredited by the BBB.  They owned a huge fresh water pearl farms.  As owner, they closely monitor their products from being raw materials up to the time they become jewelries.  This is to ensure that the quality of their products is nothing but the best.




They have a large collection of different kinds of freshwater pearls you can choose from at a very reasonable price.  My favorite is the jade beads.  Since they have their own pearl farms, buyers are assured of paying only for the price of pearls that come directly from the farm; as there are no middlemen involved that would give buyers  marked-up prices already.


Oriental Pearls is giving a lowest price guarantee of 110% and a 90 day money-back guarantee.  Buyers can place their orders through a secured site.  They have people who are willing to assist buyers for their inquiries.  Their shipping charge is as low as $4.99 and if you are living outside of California, you can have your order free of sales tax.  What's more?  They have a 4 part satisfaction guarantee that ensures a high quality purchase.


Running of ideas on what to give to your female loved ones this Christmas?  Pearls necklace and pearl earrings are perfect presents for them who treasure pearls as adornment.  If you want to have them customized, they will do it for you free of charge.  So what are you waiting for?  Visit their site to see for yourself what I am talking about.  I would appreciate a feed back from you.

While reading the Philippine Daily Inquirer yesterday, I read an interesting article in The World section.  It says that there are scientists that are conducting an investigation on the possibility that a kangaroo can help in the treatment of skin cancer.  They are further studying to find out if the DNA repair enzyme found in the said animal can be a model to develop a procedure in combating DNA damage that leads to skin cancer.  They are also in the process of examining the chemistry of the DNA repair system to determine its feasibility to cure the same disease.


Linda Feketeova and Uta Wille work hand in hand with the scientists from University of Innsbruck in Austria in exploring the possibility of utilizing the kangaroo model to repair the damage caused by the sun to human DNA by employing an instrument called mass spectrometer.  With the aid of this equipment, they are imitating the effect of the kangaroo enzyme on the damaged DNA that has the possibility of developing into skin cancer.


In the process of their experimentation, they got promising results as the procedure of repairing the DNA has produced chemical by-products.  Products that need further study to understand the DNA repair enzyme better and explore the possibility of using it for treating skin cancer efficaciously and safely.


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It's the first day of the month. 24 days before Christmas, 30 days before we say goodbye to 2009 and welcome the coming year, 11 days before my birthday. Yay!  Time flies so fast.  In our home, my parents are playing Christmas songs over and over again especially early in the morning.  I know they are excited because my sister Elanie and my brother are going home for Christmas.  Last night, I urged my brother to take the Christmas break in time for my sister's arrival.  I am very excited, too. It is time again for us to be together.  I remember the last time we were together as a family was Christmas of 2003 in our farm.  So it is high time for us to be complete again as a family.  


One more thing that I am so excited about this month of December is my favorite movie channel, HBO.  They are showcasing my favorite movies of all time.  The Indiana Jones series.  Oh my, it's an early Christmas treat for me.  I am a huge fan of Indiana Jones since my father introduced him to me when I was seven along with James Bond.  I never tired of watching their movies. and so is my father.  That's something we share in common.


By the way, I had a good scream last night watching Jurassic Park 1, 2 and 3.  I love good movies.  I have the books too as Michael Crichton is one of my favorite author.  And what else is exciting about December?  I just have to wait and see.