Monday, August 29, 2011

the first heartache ...

I was only 13. We were at a Christmas party and I was very excited because he would be there. I knew he would be because he was one of the organizers and this was why I attended this party.

I wore something nice. I wanted to look a little bit girly for him I guess. He has always seen me as a tomboyish girl and I guess I wanted to change the way he looked at me. I thought, "if I look the way a girl looks, maybe he'll realize that I'm a girl too."

Music was playing, there was food, and the usual nonsense conversation between tweeners. I was excited to see him and chat with him and hang out with him. He asked me to dance and I had butterflies on my stomach. I was giggly and that was not me. I do not giggle.

While we were dancing, he told me that I looked different ... lovely. He said I was lovely. My poor heart was fluttering like mad. He then told me that he had something important to tell me. I thought, this was it. He was going to tell me that he also had a crush on me. I was all smiles.

"Kay, I want you to know that A said yes to me. She is now my girlfriend."

Huh? What? What did he say? Oh, wait. I need to compose myself. What does one say again in an event like this? Condolence? Oh, wrong. I hate you. Nope. I hope she breaks your heart. More apt but still wrong.

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

Whew. I was able to say what needed to be said. Okay, time to make a graceful exit now.

I spent the night in a dark little corner watching them make googly eyes at each other. He kept touching her back. Why???? Why does he hold her like she's fragile when she's not? Why does he stare at her like she was the prettiest girl on earth.

She's not. I was supposed to be the prettiest girl on earth for him. I was supposed to be it. I was not supposed to be sitting in a dark corner with tears pouring down my face. I was not supposed to be experiencing my first heartache.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bag of Beans

I've been hearing about this place for some time now. My coworker couldn't shut up about it and so I got curious. What is Bag of Beans? Is it a coffee place? Is it a market? Is it a resto?

I was lucky enough that someone asked me to go to Tagaytay with him and that it was a weekday so Bawaii was close. We ended up eating at Bag of Beans. Apparently, it is just like Sonja's but much better in my opinion.

This is what we had. Shepherd pie, Chicken Parmigiana, salad, and Cream Dory. They were all very good but the servings were quite large.

I actually would love to go back there and try their buffet but I'm not sure as to when I'll be able to do it. For now, I have these. Good memories and photos to remind me of them.

Thank you M for bringing me here. :)

luncheon at home

Sis and I played hostess to a bunch of Dad's visitors today. They were celebrating my Dad's birthday though it was 17 days  late. I think my sister and I did pretty well considering we had short notice. Mom trained us well. :)

It was a pretty good lunch if I may say so. :)

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Colorful Weekend # 4: K's Double Celebration

We had dinner at Vikings Buffet to celebrate the birthdays of two member of our Fil-Chi group. K and K. Yep. Their initials also starts with K and they are both Virgos who dislike attention. Unfortunately for them, they have me who just basks in attention. LOL.

We had dinner at this "luxury buffet" and I can honestly say, the money spent was oh so worth it. Here's what we had.

Happy birthday you guys! You have certainly added more color to my life.

This is my entry to the colorful weekend meme.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Linggo ng Wika 2011 (back to back)

It was a back to back celebration for K and B. Both of them celebrated Linggo ng Wika in one day.  It was a good thing K's was in the morning and B's was in the afternoon. Good for them, bad for me since I had to be up in the wee hours of the morning and stayed up till late afternoon.

It was worth every minute though. They were both gorgeous and fantastic. They both performed with gusto and I was a darn proud Mom and sister. :)

It was a day to remember. I'm glad I was there to witness it.

officially a Tweener

My sister ... she is no longer the baby that she was nor the little girl that we thought she was. She is now officially a tween; yep, she is a tweener.

It was a few days ago that she asked if we could watch Tween Academy.  I was pretty surprised because I didn't see her watching the show where all these young stars hailed from but I guess I just wasn't paying that much attention. She reminded me of how I was back when I was a teen and all crazy about TGIS, a show with a similar setting.

When we woke up today, it was raining cats and dogs. I honestly wanted to cancel but when I saw my sister, I couldn't. I just couldn't. So we marched off into the rain and watched the movie.

See how tall and big she is now? She is certainly no longer  a child. Sniff.

I am happy though that she asked me to go watch with her. Be it because I will treat her or because my Mom won't allow her to watch yet with friends, at least she invited me to watch it with her. I think that's still a pretty big thing.

Don't we look cute? We do right?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

74th birthday of my Lola

She is now 74. Can you believe it? Does she look 74 to you?

She is my Lola. She is the sister of my Mom's Mom. :) She is something to be honest. There are days when she's all smiles and everything is pleasant and there are days when she just goes ballistic and starts maiming everyone left and right. Seriously.

Still, she is our Lola and we love her to bits and pieces.

Happy birthday Lola! Love you.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

the then and the now

Someone told me this ... well, two persons actually who couldn't be any more different but seems to agree on a lot of things when it comes to me. They both told me ...

"If you stop enjoying the "now" simply because you know that it will end, you are not living life. You need to enjoy what you have now and not worry that it will end because all things come to an end." 

I'm a worrier you see. I worry. I have a penchant for worrying and I worry about everything and and anything. I can't seem to help it. I'm a worrier.

However, I am learning to worry less and just enjoy the now. I am learning to let go and to accept things as they are. I've worried so much in the past but nothing good really came out of it. I'm thinking, might as well throw caution to the wind and just live in the now.

Carpe diem!

I am a parent.

Dear B,

I am not your friend ... but when you grow up, I will be your best friend.

sharing some healthy advice ...

  1. Drink plenty of water.                                                                           
  2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
  3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  4. Live with the 3 E’s - Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
  5. Play more games.
  6. Read more books than you did in 2010.
  7. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  8. Sleep for 7 hours.
  9. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

  1. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  2. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  3. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
  4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
  6. Dream more while you are awake.
  7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  8. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
  9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
  13. Smile and laugh more.
  14. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

  1. Call your family often.
  2. Each day give something good to others.
  3. Forgive everyone for everything.
  4. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
  5. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  6. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  7. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

  1. Do the right thing!
  2. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  3. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  4.   No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  5. The best is yet to come.
  6. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
How many do you actually practice?  Everything that is blue, I practice.

Binky Lampano - Standing By My Door (HQ Audio)

Standing by my Door (LYRICS)
by Binky Lampano

How come I can't get it open
Seems so close yet so far
Feels so lost and so broken
Must find a way to get into your heart
Left behind with these troubles
Seek and find I should
laughin danger by the stumble
What bitter lesson that I have to learn

To lay in your arms is what I'm longing for
To stay in your presence I pray to the Lord
To make yourself mine and never leave anymore
Don't know what I'm waiting for but
I'm standing by my door

Wonderin why this happened
Must be from the divine
Guess I have to serve my sentence
Reap what you sow but there's nothing for me

To lay in your arms is what I'm longing for
To stay in your presence I pray to the Lord
To make yourself mine and never leave anymore
Don't know what I'm waiting for but
I'm standing by my door

I know what I must do
In the face of all the darkness now I know
So many judges of things that are here
Tell me what I'll do so
Once there was undying envy
Now its just driving me
Through the different madness
You fill the room and now nothing remains

To lay in your arms is what I'm longing for
To stay in your presence I pray to the Lord
To make yourself mine and never leave anymore
Don't know what I'm waiting for but
I'm standing by my door

the girls of Citi

Janina and I

babes of Citi ... hahahaha!
They make work more bearable. They make working a bit easier, lilghter, funnier. You know how it is when you have moments of  wanting to burn the building down, throwing the PC out the window, and cussing every caller who rings? When I  have those moments, I turn to them and pester them and things are bright and sunny again.

I don't tell them that but they have probably saved me and my job so many times without even knowing. Lately, we started becoming more adventurous with our lunch breaks and this has really helped in so many ways. We look forward to lunch breaks now  and get an hour of heaven in an otherwise bleak day.

I love it.

I love them.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Geek Fight:: Back to Basics

This was sort of a miss for me, being later for 2.5 hours, I was only able to catch the tail end of this epic event.

We placed 8th out of 17 teams. Eekkk! This is a first for us. Seriously.

The team WORST GROUP EVER rocks! As always, it was a fun night and I had a blast though I only  caught the last part.

Next one is on September 23. I'll be there early. Promise.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

guess I've been busy ...

I've always been the person who runs out of books to read. I finish reading one and then I  have to go off to NBS or a bookstore to get a new one.

I guess I have been pretty busy with life and what not because I just realized today when I was sorting my thingies that I have these many books that are waiting to be read ....

I counted and I have over 20 books but I am still wanting to get the following:

1. Game of Thrones series (all 5)
2. The Help
3. Something Borrowed
4. My Sisters Keeper
5. El Filibusterismo

I am a bookworm.

Colorful Weekend #3

Finally, I was able to join again. So here goes ...

I love doodles and colorful things so when I saw these ... my heart just went gaga. I thought I should share this with you. These are the things that keep me happy and inspired. :)

Don't you just love how alive the colors are? I love it!

* hop over here for more colorful entries  ...

Serenitea ...

I've heard so much about this place from people  that I  know and from blogs that I frequent when I have time that when I was given the chance to try it, I grabbed the opportunity.

I was ready to hate it. I really don't like cold tea. There ... I don't like cold tea. Tea for me should be hot. Tea should be sipped from a small cup that feels hot to the touch. This is what tea is for me.

Serenitea is not this. It is this.

It was tangy and sweet and tea-ish. Hahaha. I suck at this describing thing. It wasn't what I expected that I can say. I actually ended up drinking the entire thing. I guess I liked it. :)

Thanks A for letting me try this. I guess it it true.


there are no perfect fathers but...

I cried so hard when I saw this ... :(

Friday, August 19, 2011

50 Book Challenge update v6

1. Cross Roads by James Patterson
2. Being Happy
3. Chicken Soup for the Coffee Lover's Soul
4. Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus
5. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
6. He's Just Not that Into You
7. Little Women
8. PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
9. Ako ay Pilipino
10. Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover's Soul
11. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
12. Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins
13. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
14. Toys by James Patterson
15. Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell
16. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
17. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
18. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
19. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
20. Southern Lights by Danielle Steel
21. Tick Tock by James Patterson
22. Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern
23. Chasing Harry Winston
24. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
25. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
26. Lavander Morning
27. 13 Reasons Why
28. Fallen by Laura Kate
29. My Name is Memory
30. 10th Anniversarry by James Patterson

20 more to go ...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

my son, the genius

B got really good grades in class.  He got scores of 9/10 and perfect scores. There were only two deviations which was one 8/10 and one that was 15/20 but the rest were either perfect or almost perfect. This covers his entire 1st quarter of school.

This is why i got him this. It's a 53 piece puzzle and I really thought that it would take him the whole afternoon to finish it.

Apparently, he has the brains of a gifted child or he's just really into puzzles. He did it in less than an hour. Less.Than.An.Hour. OMG!

My son, the genius.