Normally, I would be doing nothing much on Good Friday. Good Friday meant watching the siete palabras on TV and listening to the reflections given by priests. It also meant reflecting on my life as well and doing some silent soul searching. My mom and I would also usually catch the recollections given at different parishes like Mary the Queen and Sanctuario de San Jose in Greenhills. It was how I’ve always spent my holy week and how I wanted my holy week to be.

This year’s a bit different from the previous years though. I’m swamped with so many things to do, mostly updating our business’s records and packing for our Ilocos trip. Today is the only day I can catch up on “work” and I’m left with no choice. Part of me feels like I’m missing something. That part yearns for the traditions I grew up with and the rituals I’m comfortable with. But change has caught me unaware and I’m here to face it.

This afternoon I’ll be pausing for some silencing, just to remind myself of my reason and purpose for being and to thank Him for giving me life.

March 21, 2008. Tags: , , . General. 3 comments.

Bad, Bad Me

There’s this blog that’s sooo popular nowadays in the Internet. It’s a tell-all blog about some who’s who in Manila’s young elite world and it’s gotten me hooked. Well, almost. I’m still resisting the urge to check it again. I know, I feel guilty reading it and most of the time believing what the blogger has to say about these people. Reading the blog can be so addicting I hope it doesn’t turn into a habit I couldn’t get rid of. Sorry people, no mention of the blog here. Egad, I feel bad blogging about it and yet I felt I had to. By now you probably know what I’m talking about anyway.

March 13, 2008. Tags: , , . General. 10 comments.

The Age of Reason

At the backseat of the car with Mama (Zoe’s grandma), Zoe was holding and pretending to read one of her dad’s pilot books. Her grandma, in turn, was trying to make the scene more, er, educational for Zoe so she started asking Zoe to look for letters, starting with the letter A.

Mama: Zoe, can you look for “Ah”. Come on, you look for “Ah”.

Zoe: (In her sing-song know-it-all voice) This is a reading book, not a letter book!

That’s it, end of discussion. Period.

March 13, 2008. Tags: , . Zoe stories. 2 comments.

Grandma’s Home

You might be wondering why I haven’t been in the blogging circulation lately. I still have a lot of tags to work on. Thanks to all who tagged me : )

Aside from the deadline I had to beat at work, my mom arrived from Cali for a one-month stay. It’s been almost 2 years since her last visit here and she’s super excited to spend time with Zoe, her one and only apo. I’ve been preparing Zoe for Mama’s arrival for some time now. At the airport, Zoe was still a bit shy and aloof. But when we got home, and grandma opened the balikbayan box with lots of pasalubong or Zoe, the little girl started to warm up. A few hours later, she was already giggling and laughing around with grandma. It’s such a lovely sight to see my mom and Zoe having fun together. The other day, Zoe and my mom went outside to play baseball. My mom is such a sports buff and I hope Zoe will grow up to be as athletic as her. The mag-lola still have a lot of catching up to do. Sometimes I wish my mom could just stay here in Manila for good so she can be close to her grandchild all the time. One month is just not enough. But then again, that’s wishful thinking for now, so we just have to make the most of this one month.

March 13, 2008. Tags: , , . Family. Leave a comment.

5 Random Things that Happened Since I Started Blogging

A friend tagged me to blog about the changes in my life after I started blogging so here goes (Onyxx, this has been very much delayed):

  1. I’m not as cranky as I can be. Talk about having an outlet to write about anything, rant once in awhile, and muse about life in general. Thanks to blogging, I get to express myself.
  2. I’ve found new friends. It’s funny how you can know more about people you haven’t even met personally and how you can learn a lot from them. Yes, in the blogging world, I am not alone.
  3. I’ve learned to love technology. I used to be sooo tech-phobic, well, I still am, but at least I get to explore the Net and the wonders it can do more.
  4. I discover new things..great restaurant finds, what’s in and what’s out, tsismis, and many, many more!
  5. And lastly, since I started blogging, I just can’t stop!

What’s your 5 random? Feel free to snag this, too! 

March 13, 2008. Tags: . Blogroll, General, Lists. 1 comment.

Zoe’s list of eight

I got this from Leah’s blog and thought I would do a post on Zoe, too. The tag says you list 8 random things about your child. I think I can go on and on talking about my daughter and I’m sure every mom would agree that there’s just so much to say about your own kid. It definitely is a challenge to narrow the list down to just eight!

  1. Her complete name is Zoe Anne Therese. Zoe is Greek for “life”; the name we particularly liked because of the comic Baby Blues. Anne is my second name. Therese is for St. Therese the Little Flower.
  2. When she was born, her dad sang Twinkle, Twinkle and she turned her head to where the voice came from, recognizing her dad’s voice.
  3. She loves talangka, those tiny crabs! For a time, she would eat taba ng talangka with rice as a midnight snack.
  4. Anastasia, Cinderella’s stepsister, used to be her favorite leading lady. Now she’s into superheroes. Her favorites our Spiderman and Superman.
  5. Zoe still breastfeeds. When I talk to her about stopping, she would say, “but I don’t want to stop.”
  6. Looks like she’s a southpaw. I’ve tried correcting her so many times, but she really prefers her left hand to her right.
  7. She loves Shopwise. Because of the proximity to the nail shop, Zoe is almost always in Shopwise. When there’s really no reason to go to Shopwise, she would insist on going, even just for a minute, as long as she gets to be in Shopwise.
  8. She likes her tops to have sleeves. I have a difficult time letting her wear her cute sleeveless tops. She’s so finicky with her clothes. She plays favorites and ends up wearing only her favorites despite the many other choices she has. *Sigh*

I won’t be tagging anyone for now. You’re free to snag this tag from me the way I did.

March 13, 2008. Blogroll, Lists, Zoe stories. Leave a comment.

6 Quirky Things About Me

Thanks kumareng Rhea for this tag. If this hasn’t been limited to just six, I could go on and on and on.

The rules: Link to the person that tagged you. Post the rules on your blog. Share six un-important things/habits/quirks about your self. Share six un-important things/habits/quirks about your self. Tag 6 random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. Let these random people know that they are tagged by leaving comments in their blog. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

  1. Dessert comes first. Yes, contrary to saving the best (dessert, that is) for last, I usually eat my dessert before starting my meal.
  2. I am slow-poke Rodriguez. My mom calls me speed-bagal. I almost always take my time at any moment, yes, even on a fire drill when we’re supposed to pretend there’s a real fire (my dorm mates just couldn’t get over how slow I was). I also eat very slow. My friends once counted the number of times I chewed one spoonful and it almost neared a minute.
  3. I buy things, keep it in the closet (or pantry cabinet), then forget about it. It has happened more than once that I would buy all these ingredients for cooking, leave it in the kitchen cabinet to sulk, and discover, when I’m in the mood for some serious cooking, that the ingredients I’ve bought have expired a long, long time ago. Bad, bad!
  4. I have a crooked right pinkie. I got this when I was in grade school. I was trying to grab the knife from our helper because I wanted to chop the vegetables. Pakialamera kasi ako. I dunno how it happened but she pulled my pinkie and my folks brought in a manghihilot to massage it. I dunno who did my pinkie in, the helper or the manghihilot.
  5. I love anything sour (green mangoes, sinigang, sour dinuguan, tokwa’t baboy with really sour sauce, palabok with lotsa calamansi, etc.), but I never really liked paksiw na isda. It’s still a mystery to me.
  6. I do not eat the fish’s belly. My siblings would even fight over the taba ng bangus. I just can’t take it. It’s just eeewh for me.

So there, here’s my quirky 6. Now that I’m done, you can wipe those amusing grins off your faces. For those who want to do the tag, please feel free to do it, but let me know if you’ve done the tag so I can get amused, too. I’d also like to tag Onyxx, TPS, Ven, Grace, Zarine, and Nol.

March 8, 2008. Tags: . Blogroll, Lists. 9 comments.

Let’s Play Futbol!

I’ve signed up Zoe for soccer camp with the Futbol Funatics this summer. Thanks to Jane for sharing this with other moms. I initially wanted Zoe to take up baby ballet. I’ve taken ballet when I was a kid, but just for a short time, and you can say I’m one frustrated ballet dancer, which explains why I dream of having Zoe love ballet, hehe. Pilitin ba? But when I brought up the subject about ballet, she told me she wanted soccer instead. Luckily, the camp has a venue near our place and the schedule is quite convenient for me.

I can’t wait to see Zoe kicking ball with the other kids. I’m a bit wary too that she might be overwhelmed by being in a group, especially when she’s not really used to being around kids her age and she’s quite suplada. I just hope she’ll get over the initial anxiety and stick it out for the whole 12 sessions. I know the camp for her age will be mostly play and exercise, but I’m excited just the same. Great exposure also for Zoe, who usually spends her afternoons inside the house.

March 6, 2008. Tags: , , . Mommyhood. 7 comments.

Bazaar, Bazaar!

There will be a US Embassy Bazaar this Saturday at the World Trade Center. My aunts will be having a stall (Stall # O-13) there for their Fozzie clothing line. Hope you guys can check out their lovely, comfy dresses and tops perfect for summer! See you there!

March 6, 2008. Tags: , , , . Blogroll, General. Leave a comment.

A Free Course on Blogging?

I’m interested in how to earn while I’m doing what I love doing, and, that is, to blog. I know of some friends in the blogging world who have turned their blog into something profitable and I wish, in the near future, I can join the bandwagon.

I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.

P.S.  I needed to post the above details to avail of the free course. Before you sign up for this, I’d like you to know that when I logged in and reached the site’s Step 2, I felt lost in that page (similar to how you’d feel when you dialled the wrong number!) because there wasn’t any mention of blogging at all. It was a talk on building your personal energy, health stuff, and many more. That’s when I signed out. I guess a free course on blogging sounds too good to be true, eh? : )

March 5, 2008. Tags: , , . Blogroll. 1 comment.

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