Dear Mama #4 – Happy Birthday in Heaven

Dear Mama,

If you were still here, today would have been your 69th birthday. But anyhow, happy birthday still. I miss you and Daddy. Lagi naman.

I have news for you. Ibulong ko na lang pag-uwi ko uli. Please continue being my angel, especially now that I would again be adulting much much more. Daming ganap, hirap magdecide hehehe.

Anyway, happy birthday again!

Happy Birthday to Us!

Birthday 2017 Edition

I arrived in Baguio in the morning of March 23 just in time to catch the early morning mass at the Baguio Cathedral. After that, I went to Vizco’s for breakfast. Of course I also ate my birthday cake which I ordered myself :p.

I went home to sleep until 12 noon.

I requested the BF that we go out for dinner to celebrate our birthdays. His is on the 24th. We cannot think of anywhere to go so I suggested that we just go to Forest House again, the same place that we went to during our birthday dinner last year. I thought of going there because maybe we can make it as a yearly tradition and they have a free slice of birthday chocolate cake with a beautiful design so no need to order dessert hihihi.

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Early birthday surprise from my teammates last March 22! Not just once but twice akong kinantahan hahaha.

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What it was like when we arrived at the restaurant. Beautiful evening for a sumptuous birthday dinner.

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Happy birthday to us! 

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Birthday cake. If we’ll have this again next year, I’ll ask the staff to put a date or at least the current year hehehe.

“Tita, The School Met Us to Discuss Graduation…”

Feeling ko Friday ngayon. Leave kasi ako bukas kaya siguro ganon. Uuwi muna ako sa aking sayote kingdom sa Baguio. Magha-hibernate on my birthday.  😀  😀  😀

Anyway, iba ang gusto kong ikuwento ngayon.

Last week, nagmessage sa akin yung pamangkin ko.

“Tita, ni-meet po kami kanina sa school about graduation. 2K daw ang graduation fee pag hindi mag-aattend tapos Php 6,500.00 pag mag-aattend.

Pusang gala. Shocked is an understatement. Bakit ganon kamahal ang fee na yan?! Ginto ba ang gagamiting panulat sa diploma?!

Nung nahimasmasan ako, inusisa ko kung bakit ganon kamahal. Binigyan ako ng breakdown nung Php 6,500.00. Tapos dito raw sa Manila ang ceremony para sama-sama lahat ng Informatics graduating students. Not sure lang if nationwide kasi kamusta naman ung mga by air pa ang travel di ba?

Pero hindi pa kasama dyan ang fare and accommodation ng mga isasama nilang kapamilya. Napa-OMG uli ako. Gastos, gastos, gastos ang lumilipad sa isip ko. Hahaha! Hanggang pang tuition lang kasi ang naisama ko sa budget ko eh hahahaha.

Pero syempre gusto ko pa rin mag-attend sya ng graduation at gusto ko syang rumampa sa stage ‘no! Culmination din kasi yun ng lahat ng hirap and sacrifices nya. Single mom pa sya at neneng-nene nung nagka-anak. I’m not privy to their set up ng magulang nya pero given na yan na mahirap i-balance ang everything.

Buti na lang sa May pa ang graduation kasi may OJT pa sila. So may time pa para mag-ipon kasi syempre di lang naman yun ang gagastusin nya. May pamasahe pa sila ng nanay nya, damit, sapatos, muk-ap at syempre pang-buffet! Hehehehe. Kailangan kasama ang pagkain. This is a celebration!!!

Pero yung totoo, nung nagsink in na sa aking graduation na nga ang pinag-uusapan namin, naiiyak na natutuwa na na-eexcite ako. Ganito siguro din ang naramdaman ng nanay ko nung ga-graduate na ako ng college hehehehe. Pero akalain mo yun, 2 years na pala since nagstart sya with her associate degree.

At na-touch naman ako kasi sabi ng nanay nya, ako na lang daw ang mag-eescort sa kanya. Pero hello! Big no. Ate ko pa rin syempre. Tuition lang naman ang galing sa akin. The rest ng gastos, kanila na. I’ll have my chance with my own kids in the future hehe.

Pero dahil shocked pa rin talaga ako sa babayaran, sinabihan ko na yung isang pamangkin ko na ate nya na ihanda na nya ang pamasahe ng nanay at kapatid nya hahahahaha. Tapos sinabihan ko na rin ang kuya ko na i-sponsor ang sapatos hehehehe. Nasabihan akong stage mom ng kaibigan ko nyahahahaha!

Then sinabihan ko yung isang tita namin na mag-ipon na sya ng pamasahe nya para makasama sya. Tapos naisip kong mag-Tagaytay na rin kasi di pa ata uli nakabalik ang ate ko don after ikasal ng kuya ko. Oha. Budget na lang. Walang budget pero nakapagplano na nang dahil sa excitement hihihi.

Pero ito ang winner. A few hours later, may pinakitang email sa akin ang boss ko. Good news for a potential windfall. Pag natuloy yun, solved ang budget hahahaha.

Pero yung talagang totoong totoo, sobrang thankful ako na nagpursigi sya kahit nasermonan ko sya ng bongga the first time she did something offensive. Sobrang galit talaga ako that time pero nanalig pa rin akong di naman na siguro uulit so pwede pa ang second chance. And again, I’m glad I did that. Otherwise, di ko rin ma-eexperience ang ganitong klaseng happiness and excitement. Iba mga bes. Hehehehe.

Thank you, Lord for guiding us all in this journey.

Bow.

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Hello po! Ako po ang anak ng Mama ko hehehe. ***Grabbed from my niece’s FB. Not sure if design yung black borders hehehe.***

I Miss My Kinder Self

Yes. I know I am kinder years ago as compared to now. It may be because of some frustrations I experienced as an adult that led me to being less kind. But I miss the kind me. I know it is still there, waiting to be unlocked again. The struggle is real though. But I still try by doing mostly these:

  1. Everyday, I remind myself to be kind. I remind myself that being kind to EVERYONE is better than being nasty.
  2. When I get frustrated, I excuse myself for a quick bio break. The walk to and from the restroom helps a bit in calming me down.
  3. When I know I would not be kind during a discussion or a meeting, especially the unscheduled ones, I request that we talk after 10 or 15 minutes. This gives me enough time to collect and remind myself to just keep calm.
  4. I ask God to intervene. Not ask actually. I plead Him to intervene.
  5. When my thoughts go towards the negative, I force myself to stop thinking negatively and again remind myself to be kind.
  6. I think of all my blessings and automatically, I feel grateful for everything, even the things that I know I don’t deserve but was still given to me.

It is hard to be kind. It is one of my daily battles. Or maybe it is actually easy. It is just hard to practice it all the time especially on unfavorable circumstances. But we must still always try to practice kindness.

A to Z Survey

Saw this survey from an acquaintance’s FB post. I am answering it just for fun hehehe.

A: age – 37

B: biggest fear – snakes (iiiwwww…even just the plastic toys I don’t want to touch those)

C: current time – 11:05 PM

D: drink you had last – water

E: easiest person to talk to – my HS BFF

F: favourite song – right now? This Is The Day by Scott Wesley Brown hehehe

G: grossest memory – my memory is failing me right now.

H: hometown – Baguio

I: in love with – myself :p

J: jealous of – those who can easily, sweetly, and calmly negotiate with people to get what they want.

K: kindest person you know – my mom

L: longest relationship – life long friends would be 30 years, current BF-GF is 1.5 years and hopefully more.

M: middle name – Botangen

N: number of siblings – 5

O: one wish – for a progressive Philippines that can be felt by all Filipinos

P: person you spoke on the phone to last – my brother

Q: questions you’re always asked – “When are you getting married?”

R: reasons to smile – amazing family, supportive friends, existing lovelife hahaha

S: song you sang last – This is the day by Scott Wesley Brown. I just discovered this few hours ago in my playlist and was able to really listen to it and I liked it so I searched for the lyrics and sang (or rather whispered) along while it was playing.

T: time you woke up – 6:45 AM

U: underwear colour – neon pink—joke :p

V: vacation destination – Vatican City

W: worst habit – wasting my time by playing games or aimless
web browsing

X: x-rays you’ve had – chest

Y: your favourite food – at the moment, trail mix. My savior
when food at the concessionaire is blah or can’t even take a
break because of work

Z: zodiac sign – Aries

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