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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
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.
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.
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.
I discover new things..great restaurant finds, what’s in and what’s out, tsismis, and many, many more!
And lastly, since I started blogging, I just can’t stop!
What’s your 5 random? Feel free to snag this, too!
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!
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.
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.
She loves talangka, those tiny crabs! For a time, she would eat taba ng talangka with rice as a midnight snack.
Anastasia, Cinderella’s stepsister, used to be her favorite leading lady. Now she’s into superheroes. Her favorites our Spiderman and Superman.
Zoe still breastfeeds. When I talk to her about stopping, she would say, “but I don’t want to stop.”
Looks like she’s a southpaw. I’ve tried correcting her so many times, but she really prefers her left hand to her right.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- 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? : )