The Power of the Selfie Stick

I bought a selfie stick to be used at home, and in anticipation of our trip over the holidays.

This was what my phone contained on the day I and my nieces started using it. That little lady in red dominated my phone and the selfie stick. My phone was filled with her photos and videos. I’m not complaining though. At least as early as now, I already have some things to blackmail her for when she becomes hard-headed when she grows older hahaha!

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Thank You, Dear Lord

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all the blessings in 2016, most especially for keeping me in your tight embrace during those times that I was frustrated, angry, tired, impatient, uninspired, ungrateful and doubtful of Your plans for me.

Thank you for all the blessings that You will give me in 2017 no matter how undeserving I am. I know that You know my heart’s desires. I’m claiming that You will grant them all in Your perfect time.

Guide me so that all that I do will be for Your glory. All for you, Lord. Amen.

Mama and the Cabinet

Shared this in my FB this afternoon while waiting for a cab/jeep to town. I also want to post it here.

Namiss ko bigla ng mas matindi ang nanay ko kagabi so nirerecall ko ang mga memories with her habang tinititigan itong cabinet. At naalala ko ang convincing powers nya 😀 😀 😀 .

Few days before Christmas 1998:

Mama: Bili ka ng cabinet mo para may remembrance ka sa DOST allowance mo. (sa mga boxes lang kasi nakalagay ang mga damit namin noon dahil hindi lahat kasya sa isang aparador lang hehe)
Me: Ay mahal ang cabinet.
Mama: Hindi, may tig 500 lang.
Me: Sure ka?
Mama: Oo, kaya bili na tayo sa December 23 para sabay na sa delivery ng gulay. Sakto si Kuya Jackson nyo rin ang magsasakay pauwi.
Me: Sige, basta 500 lang talaga ah.

December 23, 1998 – Balingit Home Furnishing

Tingin-tingin ng cabinets. Walang tig 500.

Me: Mama ang mahal naman! Asan ang tig 500?!
Mama: Tatawad ako.

At ang pinakamababang price na pwedeng ibigay sa amin Ay Php 2,300.00. 500 pala ha!

Me: 500 lang dala ko.
Mama: Magwithdraw ka na. Alam ko may extra ka. Ikaw rin naman gagamit nyan para de susi na mga gamit mo.
Me: Haaayyyy. Sige kung bukas pa ang bangko.
Mama: O umalis ka na at bilisan mo!

At nabili ang mahiwagang cabinet na buhay pa rin until now.

Ngayon ko na lang din naisip na baka nga nakita ng nanay ko ang libreta ko dati at alam nyang may extra pa ako kahit after ko mabayaran tuition ko kaya ang confident nyang pabilhin ako ng cabinet. Adik lang.  😛  🙂  😀

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I’m that cabinet in this story 🙂

On the other hand, jeep/taxi, wer na you? Magsasarado na uli ang bangko hehehe.

30 Day Blog Challenge Day 28: Something That You Miss

Day 01 | Day 02 | Day 03 | Day 04 | Day 05 | Day 06 | Day 07 | Day 08 | Day 09 | Day 10 | Day 11 | Day 12 | Day 13 | Day 14 | Day 15 | Day 16 | Day 17 | Day 18 | Day 19 | Day 20 | Day 21 | Day 22 | Day 23 | Day 24 | Day 25 | Day 26 | Day 27

Day 28: Something that you miss

I really miss traveling. It’s not that I was traveling like crazy before but it was more frequent as compared to now. However, there are other things I want to prioritize so traveling took a backseat. I am fine with it because my priorities are more important. I just miss traveling.

Bullying in School

I am sad for my niece. She is being bullied. When I first learned about it last week, I wanted to teleport to Baguio immediately and spank those kids and their parents. Yes, both kids and parents…because I believe that most of what your child becomes is a product of your parenting. How was she bullied? Her classmates would ask things and money from her, and worst, they let her carry their things! Anak ng teteng talaga! Ni hindi ko nga pinagbubuhat yang batang yan ng mabigat kung kami ang magkasama eh. Ka-highblood. I also don’t know what to advise since I am not a parent.

But these were what I told my sister (sya yung kausap ko nung una) then my niece. Translated na kasi Ilocano yung iba.

Sis: Bullying kaya yung hingi ng gamit at pera nya at pinapabuhat ang mga gamit nila sa kanya?
Me (to sis): OO! And tell her to tell them na hindi nya responsibility na bigyan sila ng pera at buhatin ang gamit nila. Matuto sya to asy no kahit pa mawalan sya ng friends. Tell her na hindi worth it makipagkaibigan sa mga ganong tao. Whoever does that to her, wag na nya pansinin unless school work ang usapan.

Me (to sis): At kausapin mo teacher nila.

Me (to sis): The point is wag syang pumayag at wag iiyak sa harap nila. Otherwise, mas lalo syang ibubully. Kung i-threaten sya, sumbong sa teacher agad. Basta say no and don’t talk to them unless about school work.

Me (to sis): Kung ipilit nilang magpabuhat ng gamit, e di iwan nya mga gamit nila duh

Niece (binigay ata ng nanay nya sa kanya ang cellphone at biglang sya ang nagreply): Pero tita magagalit naman sila sa akin.

Me (to niece): Hayaan mo kahit magalit sila. Sabihin mo di mo responsibility lahat ng pinapagawa nila. Kung sasaktan ka nila, sumbong mo sa teacher. Taga saaan ba mga yan at pinapabuhat mga gamit nila sa ‘yo?

Me (to niece): Bast don’t ever ever touch their things and be responsible with your own things. Siguraduhin mong kumpleto ka lagi sa gamit at just bring enough (things) for the day at konting extra para pag may humingi, tell them na sakto lang dala mo

Me (to niece): Velmarie, those are not the type of people na you should consider as friends. Kung magagalit sila sa yo, so what. Hindi ganyan ang true friends. True friends respect each other and don’t hurt you. Kung wala kang magiging friends dyan sa school, ok lang. You will meet other people pa who will treat you better than them.

Me: Pero hindi sila titigil sa pagbully sa yo if pumapayag ka sa gusto nila. If you say no, look at them straight in the eye, with a serious face and firm tone. Yung hindi nanginginig na boses.

Niece: Tita, nanghihiram sila ng kahit anong gamit.

Me: Wag mong pahiramin. Responsibilidad nilang magdala ng things nila. Tell them hindi ka magpapahiram dahil gagamitin mo.

Me: Just stop lending your things anak. Again hindi mo obligasyon or responsibility na magdala ng extra for them. Magulang nila ang may responsibilidad to provide for them. Tandaan mo yan lagi.

Niece: Tita pero nagagalit ako pag minsan. Pero nagagalit sila.

Me: Pag nagagalit din sila, titigan mo lang sila until sila ang unang mag-iwas ng tingin. Wag yung masamang titig. Basta titig lang tapos blank face lang, yung tipong di ka affected sa galit nila at may konting taas ng kilay.

Me: Matagal ka na bang binubully?

Niece: Nung elementary pa kami. Thank you tita. Matutulog na ako.

Me: O pray na sana itigil na nila yun and pray for strength para kayanin mong wag silang pagbigyan. Bakit ngayon mo lang sinabi? Big girl ka na. As you grow older, mas marami pa yan. Kailangan matuto kang lumaban para di ka aapihin. Lumaban in a way na being firm to say no at wag matakot if magalit sila sa yo. Dapat palaban ka sa mga taong nang-aapi sa yo. Not through suntukan but with (the right) words, your facial expression and the way you look at them.

At nanay na uli nya nagreply. Nakatulog na ata ang bata.

Syempre ibang usapan na ang sermon ko sa nanay nya.

But seriously, I fear for her and the kids who bully her. She’s turning 13 in September. And maybe those classmates too. What will become of them if they continue to behave badly? And of course, it’s a big deal for my niece to have friends. Syempre as an adult, it’s easy for me to say that it’s ok if you don’t have a lot of friends. But at that stage, friends are important to my niece too.

At hindi ko alam kung tama ang mga pinagsasabi ko sa kanya. All I know is that we should know how to stand up for ourselves and fight our own battles, even as kids. Hindi ko alam if nagegets ba nya yun. She seems meek kasi. But she really has to learn how to be tough. Mahirap yung ganyan. Madadala nya kasi yung pain hanggang pagtanda if hindi naagapan. I should know, based from personal experience.

I’ll have a very long talk with her (and her sister) when I go home.

Hay kairita pa rin those bully kids.

Anything else that kids and/or parents can do so that they won’t be bullied?

2016 Goals: Mid-Year Review

I almost forgot about this hehe.

Just like what most companies do where they have regular business reviews, I also like to have at least a mid-year and year-end review of the goals I made early this year, just to check how I am doing and ensure that I am still on track.

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

Statuses:

  • On track – met as of time of review
  • Not yet started – not yet started as of time of review
  • Quite – met but there were deviations
  • Not met – target not met 
  1. Chill
    • Mid: Quite – There were stressful moments but I just kept quiet and pushed myself to just do whatever it is that needs to be done.
  2. Buy less, want less
    • Mid: On track – All items bought were needed. 
  3. Stick with financial budget for 2016
  4. I made a new list specifically for my financial goals after posting my 2016 goals in January. I just feel that it’s more effective and more inspiring for me if I track my financial goals separately.

    • Mid: Separate update here
  5. Get an additional income stream
    • Mid: Not yet started
  6. Spend more time with family  
    • Mid: Quite – Spent some time with some siblings last Feb, to support my brother and his family since he lost his mother-in-law. Had a picnic at Burnham Park on Easter Sunday for my birthday celebration with family. No event in Q2.
  7. Get down to my ideal weight
  8. I really need to get serious about my health. I want a long life.

    • Mid: Negative. Pfffft!
  9. Start training for a marathon
    • Mid: I am not sure about this anymore.
  10. Push with Japan Travel
    • Mid: On track. Return tickets bought, accommodations booked.
  11. Go back to school
  12. 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!

    • Mid: Still undecided
  13. Become an early riser
  14. 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. 

    • Mid: Quite – I have been forcing myself to sleep earlier in recent weeks so that I can wake up earlier. I try as much as I can to sleep by 12 AM, 1 AM at the most so that I can wake up at 7 AM, after 6-7 hours of sleep.
  15. Journal more
  16. 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.

    • Mid: On track. My total posts to date are already more than my total posts for the whole year at least for the past 5 years.

That’s about it. I’ll do a year-end review at the end of the year.

That One Time I Played Cupid (or tried to) and It Backfired on Me :)

Puma-pag-ibig sa umaga hahaha! Na-late lang ako ng gising para sa 8:45 AM mass at masyadong maaga para sa 10AM mass so tambay muna dito saglit. Naalala at narealize ko lang kasi ito kahapon lang, after so many years hahaha.

When I had my kubo blessed in 2013, I was surprised (and thankful) of the presence of the Divine Mercy community. I have known some of the people there since elementary years. One particular person is my sister’s batch mate in elementary, who was single at that time. We were catching up with each other’s lives after the mass, together with the catechist, who I just met that day. So syempre bilang catching up ito, tanungan kung may asawa/pamilya na. At pareho kaming wala. At nalaman ko rin na pati si catechist, single so tinanong ko directly kung bakit hindi nila i-try since pareho silang single hahaha! Anong klase akong host?! Hahaha! Pero sabi ni sister’s batch mate, sa isa daw sya niloloko, who happens to be my older brother’s batch mate naman hehehehe. Small world, no?!

Fast forward to quarter 2 in 2015, at a time when I was trying to map out what’s next for me after losing our father making us children ulilang lubos, biglang nagtext tong si catechist. Nagpakilala bilang kuya hahaha. Alam na! Hahaha! Ayun, after 2 months din bumigay na ako kaya ako nagka-BF ayyiiiiiii hahaha!

Ang kulit lang ni Lord kung makapagbiro, no? Hahaha. But His timing is always perfect. Always.

May interesting kwento rin about kuya during our father’s wake. Pero next time na uli at kailangan ko na tumakbo sa simbahan hehehe.

Dear Mama and Daddy #2

Dear Mama and Daddy,

Bonfire2016I miss you both more these days. I don’t know why. Maybe because I have a lot of questions about some major decisions that I’ve been contemplating on lately. Maybe, I need your guidance about life. You always did that when you were still here. If I remember correctly, I consulted you with all the major decisions I made before. Yeah, maybe that’s why I miss you more lately as compared to other days. It’s tough being an adult. I don’t know how you managed it during your time, with all the challenges in raising 6 kids. But don’t worry. This is just me rambling incoherently amidst all the uncertainties and “noise” going through in my thought bubble right now. I know that eventually, I’ll get to clearly see God’s plans that will unfold before me in, His perfect time. I’ve proven this so many times in the past.

How to Recover Lost Files

A week ago, one of my USBs got corrupted when I copied review materials from a friend. The USB contained the most recent version of my budget files which I updated the night before. While I had a backup of those files in April, I made significant changes to them in May. Plus, I also need the review materials and it’s quite challenging to schedule meet ups when all of us are busy hehe. I accepted it as a lost case until I came upon a blog post last night about how she was able to recover her files from her SD card. Toink! I forgot all about recovery software to think that I used one years ago when my digicam’s SD card got corrupted too. Toinks again!

The software she used was EaseUS. This morning, I tried my luck and was successful hooray! You need to download the executable file and install it in your PC. Then it’s ready to recover your files in 2 steps! You just follow the wizard. It’s that easy. Don’t forget to use Deep Scan if you still cannot find your files after the normal Scan option.

The free version allows you to recover up to 2GB. However, you have the option to get the pro version for an amount. Check here for the price list. They have an ongoing promo too. While the free version worked for me for now, I’d be willing to shell out an amount when faced with the same dilemma and when important documents are at stake, and when I’ve exhausted free versions of all recovery tools hehe.

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EaseUs wizard

Hope this helps. Happy recovering!

Dear Mama #3

Happy Mother’s Day, Mama. I am glad that I am home this weekend and that I was able to visit you. Thank you for always being our angel. I love you forever. Hi to Daddy.

Btw, Uncle Pat has already been called back by Papa God too. Were you one of his welcoming party? Hehe. I called auntie and she was so sad, and she even cried a little. I wish I could be with her too but it isn’t that easy and fast. I can’t fly. Anyway, please watch over her too. I hope she doesn’t become so sad and stop taking care of herself. I’ll try to call her more often too.

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