Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bakit kelangan naka uniform ako pag may gimmik???

Kaya mo bang sagutin ang tanong ko? Bakit nga ba?

a. SobrangLoyal lang talaga ako
b. Busy lang, walang time mag-change outfit (pachencha na)
c. Hindi ako sinasabihan ng aking mga fwends na mag-change outfit
(i hatechuuuu...huhuhu)
d. Walang pamalit (sobra naman! nakaka hurt, ouch!)
e. None of the Above

Di ko nga ba maintindihan kung bakit madalas nagkakataon na pag may gimik kami e, parati na lang naka-uniform ang drama ng lola mo. Hmp. Saan ba nagsimula ang pagka pansin ko sa uniform ko? Hmmm, a, oo, nung kumain kami sa Kingbee, isang Chinese Restaurant na malapit lang sa aking pinag-tatrabahuhan, around 5-10 mins travel away from our company. Nagkita-kita ulit kaming mga mag-si-sisters upang pag-usapan ang isa na namang mahalagang lakad sa aming buhay (oo na, gala na kung gala). At syempre kasama din namin ang aming bestfriend camera ni joyee. Super pose pose pa kami nang suddenly bigla kong na realize na hello? naka uniform na naman pala ako. (haisst)...

Naisip ko, wala namang masama right? I love the way I am, yun nga lang parang extension parati ng work ko ang mga mangilang lakad namin na dapat ay stress free.

I-refresh ko muna ang aking memory lane chuvaness sa mga ilang lakad na naka office outfit pa ang lola mo okies?

O, kitam, old uniform pa ko nito, pero keri pa din. Papapigil ba ako pag coffee na ang pinag-uusapan? Hindeeeee!!!

At eto pa ang isa o, obvious ba sa aking katawang lupa ang pagka stress? Syempre kelangan idaan sa pagkain pag stress diba? So kesehodang naka uniform pa ko, go lang ng go!!!

At nakuha ko pa talagang mag-jacket ha? Para 'di obvious ba? Honestly bagyung bagyo lang kaya po naka jacket. Pagbigyan na, mahal magkasakit ngayon =)

At kala mo ba tapos na? Old uniform nga diba, so asan naman ang compilation ko ng mga gimmik na naka NEW uniform na!?! Well, take a look. (Mamatay na tumawa!!!! Jokeness!)

After having said all those, balik tayo sa big question ko, Bakit nga ba? While i was thinking all the possible answers given above, bigla na lang pumasok sa isipan ko na nung high-school pa lang ako, gustong-gusto kong mag-uniform - white blouse (baby collar pa, haha) checkered skirts, white pair of socks and a doll shoe, with matching back pack pa (san ka pa?) I just feel comfortable, kahit na may sundo pa akong suitors (plural talaga teh???), oo plural talaga, tanong mo pa sa bestfriend ko nung high-school, kaya lang nasa Saudi na sya ngayon at isang ulirang RT. Anyway, segway, ganun na nga, mas masaya and complete ang feeling ko pag naka uniform, sort of security ba? Hindi dahil proud ako sa school ko or dahil Head Teacher si Dad sa school na yun. Hindi lang ako nasanay, na uuwi pa muna sa house para lang mag-change ng outfit then maki pag date, e di paano na kapag nagpaalam na me kay Mom? Lalong hindi na ako pinayagan. Para mas madali ,pwede na makipag-date kahit naka uniform then pag-uwi ng gabi - "Mom, nag group study kami e" (lusot!) 
Define date during that time: Naglalakad-lakad sa isang private village, kahit hindi naman kami taga-roon. Holding hands while walking at walang sawang nag-kwekwentuhan ng walang ka-kwenta kwentang bagay. Wala pa kasi kaming budget nun. *sniff* 
Nung nag-college na ako, same old strategy, "Mom, pasenya na at ginabi ako, nag group study kasi kami" (lusot na naman - tibay mo teh?) But seriously, mas gusto kong naka-uniform ako with matching red necktie pa (similar sa skirt). Ai naku yung mga guard, habol ng habol sa mga kolehiyalang walang necktie but not to me, (haha). Ang problem ko lang that time, kahit PE subject, naka blouse-skirt uniform pa rin me. Ang hirap lumusot sa prof that time, kaya i dinaan ko na lang sa pa gift-gift! (presto! pasado!) But i dont think na ung passion ko sa pag susuot ng uniform has something to do with me in uniform pag may gimmik: 
*First and foremost, hindi blouse-skirt-dollshoes ang uniform ko. 
*Second, wala naman akong i-dedeyt and 
*Lastly, wala naman akong curfew. 
So, hmmm, bakit nga ba?  Most of the time, pag dinner and coffee din lang ang agenda naming mag-si-sisters, hindi na ako nag-aabalang mag-change outfit pa kasi nasanay na rin ako ng dinner meeting sa labas, so somehow for more than 10 years in the corporate world e, bilang talaga ang bawat segundo. After office hour din kasi mostly ang available time namin. I worked 8-12 hrs a day, minsan 14 hrs pa nga pag super kelangan i-meet ng deadline (pakunsyensya ba?) Hay naku, kamusta naman ang lovelife-family life ko? Kaya naman, pang-alis stress derecho na sa dinner and/or coffee agenda na. TA--MA!

So, I'd rather choose letter B as my answer. Final answer. :-D

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Everytime my friends and i see or encounter something RED, they/we associated it with me. Coz, REd is one of my fave colors. Red coz it represents many things - from passionate Love to strong Power, from joyful season of Christmas to Feng shui definition of luck and happiness. But this time, id like you to meet a different kind of RED...

RED is the 5th generation of the Lancer family and is also known as "Singkit" (because of its almond-shape headlamps and turn signals); coz the look is also similar with the eyes of East Asians and is perfect for my chinky-eyes too. (hihi)

I enjoyed the first time i spent with RED. Together with hubby, i was able to get to know more about RED - the specs, the function, the skills i need to work on to make RED and i perfect for each other. I am looking forward to finally be in the driver's seat and taking control of RED. Btw, i have this 2 hrs driving lesson to RED with hubby ever other day. I hope to finish the course in a month (haha, good luck sa akin).

Im so glad to finally acquired RED

The comfort of having RED in our family

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

One Great Mom (A Father's Day Special)

Maybe you are wondering why am i thinking of my Mom, wherein celebration for the Father's Day is just 4 days from now. It's exactly what's in my mind. Father's Day is coming and yet, i still dont have any entry about Mother's Day =) (hehe, just kiddin'). Seriously, i intend to commend my Mom on this Father's Day celebration coz she became not only a mother to seven but a Father too, when my Dad passed away 14 years ago. ..

Im not that close to Mom. In fact, i was even closer to Dad. I really dont know how to deal with Mom, knowing that Dad is not around anymore. We dont have any unresolved issues or problems or what so ever. Its just that i feel that im not the perfect daughter. Im also not the fave one. Im hard headed and stubborn, but if there's one thing i can be proud of to myself, is that, im reliable - which i know for sure, i inherited from Mom.

The 'Light of the House' eventually became the Head of the Family. I never expected that Mom has such a great strength that all of her children would admire. The traits of a respected Father, such as Dad, you'll find in Mom. She has been a good provider for the family. We're not living in luxury, but all the things a daughter could asks for, she provides it - good education, spiritual and emotional guidance, and trust to name some. Mom also has its strict side - we're not allowed to go on gimmick without her consent. I do not understand this when i was in the peak of my adolescence, but when i started to have an own family, im beginning to realize that this was for my own good.

Our closeness began when i got married and when she had her 1st grandson to me. I started to appreciate her more being a Mom. She's always there for me. When i struggle on my marriage, she did not leave me; instead, she embraced my weaknesses and still loves me unconditionally. We still have petty misunderstanding though, but we managed to resolves it maturely. Im so proud to have a great Mom like her who dedicates her time and life for us, and yet still manage to balance her spiritual and personal life. I wonder where she got all her strength to do both - being a Mom and Dad for us all the time.

If i were to be asked what's the best advice my Mom gave me, i would say that its too many to mention. But i can tell to the whole world how lucky and privilege i am to be loved perfectly and completely by my ONE GREAT MOM, and at the same time, always feel the presence of my Dad in her. I love you Mom. Belated Happy Mother's Day and Advance Happy Father's Day. :-)

Our Loving Mom during our celebration of Mother's Day

Mom, you deserve more than this, but for the meantime, enjoy your favorite cake :-)

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Secret of a Kindergarten

It's school days once again. Since last week, i was busy completing needs for my kids schooling - books, school uniform and other school supplies, and not even thinking how will my precious kids apply the learnings they will gain from the big school, not until today...

I could perfectly remember one of my friend forwarded me a message on the things we learned in kindergarten. I wonder where she got that inspiring message. And because of the wonders of internet, i found out that the message can be expounded in Robert Fulghum book - "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten". As i researched more of him, I found out that he first published a simple credo then eventually became the phenomenal #1 New York Times best seller:

Here's what the book is all about...
  • Share everything.
  • Play fair.
  • Don't hit people.
  • Put things back where you found them.
  • Clean up your own mess.
  • Don't take things that aren't yours.
  • Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Flush.
  • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  • Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  • Take a nap every afternoon.
  • When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
  • Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
  • Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
  • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

I personally choose my TOP 5 fave:

5. Don't hit people
When we grow older, people usually hit other people's back. Merong iba na talaga namang walang pakundangan kung makasait ng ibang tao. Those people must realize that thier children will eventually imitate their doings, haay... gising, gising!

4. Play Fair
Huwag umapak ng ibang tao, just to save your own skin. Imagine, kindergarten pa lang naituturo na ito. Absent ka lang siguro.

3. Put things back where you found them
...most specially, if the thing is not really meant for you.

2. Don't take things that aren't yours

1. Say sorry when you hurt somebody
It takes courage to say this, but its a sign of growing up and become who you really are.

Very Basic, but still are the most important in a person to grow with dignity, pride and honor. Sabayan natin ang ating mga anak sa pag-aaral. Guide them until you both realized that the basic thing for a person to have a meaningful life can be learned in kindergarten :-D

Friendship Reunited

Joan and I are bestfriends since high-school. I can still remember the good old days - tambay sa kiosk, hiraman ng notes especially sa noli me tangre and technical writing, kakaba-kaba kapag si Mrs. Amoranto na ang subject teacher (Algebra actually). Those were memories na di kayang maagaw nino man. We also took the same course at the same school when we reached college. We met a lot of good friends too, but our closeness did not changed at all. Im sure joan will agree if i say that we're both teachers' pet - Mrs. Cabalsa, professor in Economics & Atty. Behasa, professor in Law and Taxation were those na mejo na captivate ng leadership skills namin (naks!). After graduation, we had our new jobs, so i would say that our time for each other subsides, not to mention the time we should also spend with our boyfriends too. (hihi). Even if, we still manage to meet once in a while. Too bad coffee shop in our place is not that famous during that time =( But Tagaytay is one of the best places for us - to share with our laughter, tears, and dreams. I got married first and after a few years, she built her own family too naman. And from then on, we rarely bond with each other and to the rest of our barkadas. Our priorities were changed. I've learned that she has to work abroad. We haven't got an opportunity to arrange a despedida party for her. The bond eventually looses for we were separated by miles...

Until one day, i received a text from her that she's already here na and currently 'on the way' to her 2nd child. How time flies. And so together with my family, i accepted her invitation to meet her after she gave birth.

Its so nice to see how bestfriends were united once again.

Joan and I together with our Angels (Andres Iñigo and Felicity Lorice)

My Kids and Joan's Eldest Son

I'm pretty sure that this will not be the last time na mag bond kami before she'll return back abroad. It's truly a wonderful feeling to reunite friendship that was disjoined by changing priorities. I'm looking forward to a coffee or dinner with the rest of our barkadas. :-D

"True friends are always together in spirit."
--"Anne of Green Gables"