Being grateful

I read somewhere that it is a good practice to write down the things that we are grateful for so that we could appreciate life more. So today, I start with my own list.

Today, I am grateful for:

  • The opportunity to go to a new place and have a break from my hectic work
  • Being able to buy a stored value MRT card thus, there’s no need to fall in line for single journey tickets
  • The 100 peso gift certificate courtesy of Sykes
  • Jen’s invitation to an overnight swimming at Antipolo ü

Daddy’s Letter

(This was my Dad’s letter in response to the letter I gave them. It’s one of our requirements in our English subject. I guess it has something to do with the different sentence constructions. The letter is dated November 15, 1992.)

My Dear Mylene,

A pleasant day to you too.

I am so grateful that you appreciate very much our way of disciplining all of you our dear children. It is because your mom and I would not want our children to be misled in life. Much more that you are still too young to understand the different factors affecting is in this world we live in. you see, there are two directions of our life as we grow. These are the negative and positive directions. Should you be thinking that you know better than what other people do, you are absolutely wrong. You might be following the negative direction of life.

On the other hand, if you would be thinking that you will be careful to follow the right path of life, you cannot be so sure about it. Why? Because you are young and as you grow older, you will be more exposed to society and encounter a lot of temptations that might lead you to the wrong direction. It is in this kind of life situation that we, as parents, come in to give you the proper guidance as much as we can, although there are instances that we do not give you the precise advice because of some problems that we also encounter. We hope that you will understand and forgive us too whenever we are in such kind of attitude. Anyway, our main intention is to help you develop yourselves to become a worthy member of a good society.

And now, asking the favor of our Almighty Lord, to grant us his blessings and that I may bestow also such blessings on all of you my dear, dear children.

With love from your dad,

Farewell 2005, Hola 2006!

I have ended 2005 and welcomed 2006 in the office. I had to go to work for the year end conversion. This is my first time to be spending New Year here in Manila and I don’t like it that much. I don’t feel safe because of the firecrackers you hear all around and there’s thick smoke! I miss Baguio. It’s much peaceful there. I hope this year I won’t have to do year end conversion again.

I am happy with how my 2005 went. There were no serious problems that I wasn’t able to handle. I got to learn new things, I got promoted, I got my MCP certification, was able to save a little, I bought my PC and there’s SM too :=). I made friends with new officemates, still friends with my ICOF, was able to visit a new place (Romblon, courtesy of Fides and Weng :=) ). For all of these and for all the other blessings, I am forever grateful to our Almighty Father and to all the people, who in one way or the other have touched my life.
I wish that 2006 would be a better year still. I hope that whatever challenges that come along, I can handle it with grace and confidence.

Letters of Yesteryears

Last weekend, I was checking the files in my cabinet in Baguio when I came across some of the letters from family and friends that I received over the years. One letter that I read came from my cousin Riza. She was just done with her college enrolment at that time but she can’t understand the schedule so she wrote me a note asking me to help her understand those. She also told me her experiences during the enrolment…that she did not know what she was doing, and that it was only her mom who accompanied her. She asked me not to laugh at her ignorance about how everything goes in college haha! (And of course I did not. I know how it feels) She was apologetic for disturbing me because of her letter but at the same time demanding that I answer ASAP. I am happy that she survived college. Now, she is a full pledged teacher!

Another is a birthday card from Jen, one of my friends since elementary. In addition to the usual birthday greeting, she also wrote a thank you note for all the advices that I gave her and for being a great friend daw. Now I can’t even remember what she was talking about haha. I am just glad that I made someone’s day better through my simple words of wisdom (naks!).

In high school, when summer break comes, it is a practice of most of the students to ask for parting notes from our classmates and teachers. One note that I received in 4th year high school was from my adviser, Mrs. Lily Ferrer. She was wishing me good luck in whatever course I wish to pursue in college. She also advised me to apply for scholarships, which of course I did. I guess she knew then that money was an issue and maybe a reason for me not to continue my studies. But the Lord has always been good and He provides!

Now I remember another letter that I treasure until these days. When I was in 1st year high school, our English teacher required us to write a letter to our parents and have them reply. Yes, this is graded. So I made one and gave it to my dad telling him that it was an assignment and we are required to submit a reply from our parents the following day. I did that just before I went to sleep because I did not want to see his reaction and I did not want us to talk about it. You see, my family is not expressive of how much we value each other hehe. Anyway, the next morning, I saw his reply in our study table. I was expecting a short note but he wrote a long one and I really cried when I read it. Good thing I was the only one awake that time so my siblings nor my parents did not see me. When I went to school, I saw that my classmates’ parents’ replies were just short messages just to comply with the assignment. Deep inside, I felt blessed and I was proud of my parents. Of course I am, until today. I shall be posting that letter here.

As I end this journal entry, I would just like to thank all the people who have become a part of my existence. I wish you all well.

Lessons for the day

  • God is good…all the time!
  • When you’re mad, frustrated, or irritated, take a deep breath and if possible, take a short break. Don’t do anything, just stay put.
  • Speak up.
  • Think positive.
  • God answers prayers in His own ways.
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