May Forever sa Tuppol (Bungi), May Forever sa Bilbil

Tuppol!

Tuppol!

The other weekend, I was surprised to see that my niece already lost her first tooth! So last Saturday, when she was being her makulit self, I decided to scare her a little. I told her that she will forever have missing tooth because no new tooth will grow after losing her first tooth hehehe. I even made the chant, “May forever sa tuppol (Ilocano word for bungi)” and I sang it over and over until she was about to cry hehehe.

But sutil that she was, she was able to create her own. Her version ng pang-inis sa akin? “May forever sa bilbil”! At may kasama pang pag-alog sa bilbil ko talaga. Hayuf!!!! Hahahaha. Buti na lang dumating yung pinsan nya so pinaalis ko na and asked her to play with her cousin since they live far from them so they have to take advantage of the time to play. Plus, malapit na rin akong mapikon kasi hahaha! I got a dose of my own medicine in the same manner :p.

Dear Mama #1

Dear Mama,

The other weekend, the BF mentioned you again out of the blue. He told me (again) that you used to go to the office and share stories with him, and that you always mentioned about having a daughter who’s still single hahaha. Nakakaloka talaga. At tingin daw nya, love mo raw sya, yung tipong pag magbibigay ka raw ng cake, mas malaki pa ibibigay mo sa kanya kesa sa akin na anak mo hahaha. Ang yabang no? Buti di ko nabatukan. Kaya rin daw sobra syang nalungkot nung biglang nawala ka. Sayang daw. At for sometime daw, di talaga nya kayang matulog sa office at lagi daw bukas ang ilaw kasi naalala pa rin nya yung pagkukuwentuhan nyo, este yung pagkukuwento mo while sitting at the visitor’s chair and sya naman, tuloy lang sa trabaho.

While it makes me sad that you are no longer around to ask about it, I’m also happy that he has those memories of you. Sana lang nga talaga, you had more time to spend together. But well, such is life. You had to go ahead. So my request Mama, is that for you to please be our guardian angel and guide us and our relationship.

2016 Goals

Better late than never. I just realized that I should do this in the last quarter of each year, before Christmas holidays take over.

This year’s focus will be: chill, family, health, wealth.

  1. Chill

    The past 3 years has been the hardest in my adult life, losing both parents less than 2 years apart. I would say I have not been living since then, just surviving. This year, as a gift to myself, I will just be chill and not get too stressed in all areas in my life. Enough with the drama. I have been practicing since for weeks now, and so far, so good. I get stressed a little but I don’t dwell on it much and just focus on what interventions I can do to address a current issue. I hope to keep this up.

  2. Buy less, want less

    I am not an impulsive shopper by nature but I think I have already accumulated too much over the years so this year, one of my goals is to just buy what I need. I won’t be in a strict “no shopping ban” since I can easily walk out from a mall empty-handed if I know that I don’t need anything at the moment. I just need to be more conscious of my purchases.

  3. Stick with financial budget for 2016

    Since I get a regular income, I already have a fixed budget. This year is almost similar to last year’s, even with my financial goals, except for a new line item, which I call it Project BD at this time. I’ll only be able to readjust after completion of all my payables. One is to be paid up by mid year but I still need to save for the processing of papers so that will be until end of this year still.

  4. Get an additional income stream

    I will start working on this, this year.

  5. Spend more time with family

    Most of my nieces and nephews are still young so might as well take advantage of that while they still want to be with tita hahaha! We had 2 last year so I already have an idea how much to budget. The plan this year is to have quarterly picnics for all of us to bond. They are already expecting one on my birth month which is this Q1.

  6. Get down to my ideal weight

    I really need to get serious about my health. I want a long life.

  7. Start training for a marathon

    I really want to do this. Target is 2017 so I must start training this year and so, I must really work on #5 so that it would be easier to run hehehe.

  8. Push with Japan Travel

    As of this time, it’s still a go. This is the only travel I’m doing this year. My financial goals are still my top priority. Note to self: save up for all kinds of kitkat hahahaha!

  9. Go back to school

    I had to stop when we lost our father in January 2015. I haven’t been back since then. I would still want to complete the program. I only have 12 units left!

  10. Become an early riser

    Since I work mid-shift, tendency is to wake up later than usual. By rising earlier, I will have extra hours to work on other personal projects, like decluttering more, cross-stitching, or working for extra income.

  11. Journal more

    I noticed that my memory is not as sharp as before already, hence this year and moving forward, I will write about all sorts of events, relevant or otherwise so that there is something to read back when I am much older. This is also the reason why I already have have the weekly recap in this blog.

That’s about it. My monthly goals will then be in support of these goals. And, I’ll do quarterly reviews to keep track.

Random Thoughts #3

  1. Until now, hindi ko pa naliligpit ang Christmas tree ko at mga gifts hehehe. Paabutin ko na lang kaya ng Chinese New Year? Hehehe. Ginawa ko kasing Pasig-QC lang ang Manila-Baguio for the past 4 weeks.
  2. Kailangan ko na talagang tigilan muna ang bumiyahe. Nagbabadya na naman ang cough and colds. It maybe because of the colder Baguio weather last weekend. So wala na talaga ang 10k steps ko for January.
  3. Dami pa ring umaakyat sa Baguio. I’m sure especially in the coming days.
  4. Gusto ko na ng car – Toyota Innova 2.5 E Dsl A/T
  5. Ang sarap talaga ng Ube jam. Niloloko ko yung friend kong malapit ko nang buksan yung pinabili nya hahaha. Sarap eh. And akalain mo yun, pumayag akong bilhan sila hahaha. Usually, I don’t take orders kasi mabigat. Marami nang nagpapabili ng walis tambo pero ayaw ko talaga. Hassle i-byahe eh hahaha.
  6. Dami ko nang backlog of blogs to read….
  7. Na-addict na naman ako sa mga Bejewelled-type games. Nakaka-ubos ng oras. Need to stop and become more productive.
  8. Kailangan ko nang maisulat ang aking 2016 goals…
  9. Excited na ako sa birthday ko at nya…sana the universe will conspire with me with what I want to happen. Simple lang naman, nothing outrageous.
  10. Annual evaluations na naman. Ano na naman kaya ilalagay ko? :p

Discrimination At Its Finest

I’ve mentioned in this post that we went to a wake last weekend.

Last Sunday, my aunt requested me to accompany her to a wake of her husband’s relative. I didn’t want to but she wanted me to be her scapegoat so that she’ll not be forced to stay long hehehe. I gave in, since BF was still busy after the mass. Balik na lang. Anyway, we reached the relative’s house at noon. Syempre gutom na gutom na kami non. Syempre normal naman ang mga pa-kape at sa amin, nagkakatay talaga ng baboy pang-ulam ng mga bisita. Pag may kinatay, naglalaan sila ng konti pang-inihaw which they serve to the guests while waiting for the food to be cooked. So few minutes pagdating namin, lumabas ang kape. Syempre natuwa ako. Pero biglang nawala yung tuwa ko nung dinaanan lang kami at inabot ang kape sa nasa likod namin hehehe. Next, lumabas ang inihaw na pulutan. Pucha ilang pinggan ang idinaan sa harap namin pero wala man lang ni isang inabot sa amin. Sumunod ang camote. Ganon din hahaha. Pati ba naman camote ipagkakait nyo pa???!!! Hehehe. Nagbubulungan kami ng tita kong kawawa naman nga talaga kaming mga pobre at nadadaanan lang hahaha. Pigil na pigil ko talagang humagalpak dahil wake yun pero at some point in time, lumakas pa rin tawa ko. Itinawa ko na rin kasi inis ko at gutom ko eh. Ewan ko paano kami nagkaroon eventually ng food. Basta may nag-abot sa tita ko pero not sure if yung nagseserve or ibang tao. Tapos may shy piece ng camote sa isang basket so kinuha na rin namin at ginawang to share hahahaha.

After sometime, may mga dumating din na ibang guests. May mga konting borloloy at yung mga bag is yung handbag na sinusukbit lang sa braso. Style manyaman hehehe. Aba, grand welcome sila! Yung kulang na lang buhatin sila at paupuin sa best seats available hehehe. K, fine!

Sabi ng tita ko, ganon daw talaga yung angkan na yun. Yung mga nagtatrabaho sa kusina ay yung mga relatives nilang poor hehehe. Kaloka lang. Sabi ko sa tita ko, next time magwarn naman sya para makapagred lipstick man lang ako at maisuot ang fake kong jewelry basta makinang hahaha. Joke, pero why not? Hahaha. Pang-asar lang 😛 . But no, it’s not me. Sabi nga ng nabasa ko lately, 3 things you should keep private — lovelife, net worth, next steps 🙂 .

Anyway, bigla ko tuloy narecall how we treated our visitors during our parents’ wake. But I can confidently say that we treated all of them well, especially the unfamiliar faces. Nakakahiya naman kasi. Sila na nga lang nakikiramay, sila pa uneasy dahil wala ni isa man sa amin ang hinarap sila.

Pero wait, love na love ko tito ko (sya yung talagang kamag-anak ng pinuntahan namin) ha. Mabait kasi. Isa sya sa mga talagang umalalay sa amin nung nawala both parents namin.

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