Brand New Chapter

And definitely a serious one. I am not getting any younger and I have to start thinking about my responsibilities as a person, most specially as a daughter, sister and soon as a wife and mother… although my duties in the family has always been my priority even when I was younger, I know that I have to thrive more, even more now that I have Mike to think about. Usually, I would just treat my siblings out for dinner every week when I get my paycheck and just give them their weekly allowance. I would not think of saving some for myself for my future needs, whatever’s left of my weekly salary I would spend on books, red lipsticks, sunglasses and food. I was at ease of the fact that I would never get a bigger responsibility than that for I have completely given up hope about someday having a family of my own.

Then Mike came, turning my world upside down in an instant. Suddenly, I was thinking of far more important things than what book to buy next. Then I also realized all of a sudden that my baby brother, Patrick, is getting older and that he has increasing needs as well. Which brings us to the matters of work and savings… I started taking work seriously and I am REALLY working on my savings. HAHA! It is funny when I think about it and as I am writing about it now, I couldn’t help but to giggle.

I have savings issue, I have always had and it could be traced back to my elementary days with books and paper dolls. But believe it or not, I am great at saving for things that I love to have, which I consider a good thing because I know that I’m not completely hopeless, I just have to overcome my impulsiveness when it comes to books, cute cupcakes, red lipsticks and expensive sunglasses. It’s not going to be a walk in the park but I believe it’s not that hard as well.

I have to do this not because I just have to but also because I want to. I really do, the year is almost over and I have but a little over than five grand left in my name when I could have had thrice as much by now. I have plans of traveling soon, I have plans of traveling more in the future so I have to double the effort in terms of savings. My income is never the problem, it’s my spending. I love what I do right now, believe me and the paycheck is amazing I guess what I need now is control and constant guidance and reminder. LOL

I am starting another chapter of my life and this time, I want to make it right.


Filed under Family, General, Spending Issues

How I Started My December…

Kicked off my December waking up next to Mike… and it is one of the most amazing feelings ever. It’s as if I’ve awoken from a deep and long slumber… I felt alive again for the first time in years…

We spent the first few hours of the day running Sunday morning errands. First, we took Patrick to the doctor shortly after breakfast, did the groceries for our Sunday family lunch, went back home and had dad cook the things we bought. After lunch, we started drinking and then by late afternoon we started singing karaoke.

When the weekend was over, my parents took us out for lunch and I couldn’t believe what I heard and saw from them. I have never seen my parents that delighted to talk to someone I was dating, especially my dad, who was always so serious around other people, suddenly became goofy and funny. It was a wonderful and exhilarating feeling…

Here are photos!

We are definitely going to make more wonderful weekends!


Filed under Family, Love, Mikel and Mia

LICENSED and STUFFED

Well not long after I found out I passed the board exam, my parents, with the aid of my ever loving aunties, threw a celebratory party for me at our quaint Korean restaurant here in Antipolo. It was celebrated last night, November 30 and practically all my family members were there; for the first time in months we gathered together and had fun as a family.

But what really spiced up the event was that my darling hubby was there, together with his best friend, his mom (who also happens to be my mother’s bestest friend in the world), his dad and younger sister. One of my college BFF’s Abby, who was also a board passer, was also there with her boyfriend to join us in our Soju Night (as we call it).

To be honest, I never expected Mike to arrive as early as he did and with his family. He told me the night before that he’ll be commuting to get here, but instead he surprised me. When I went up to our resto, he hid behind a huge pillar as his baby sister welcomed and congratulated me by the staircase, then he emerged from his corner almost stunning me in surprise that I nearly dropped the bag of coffee I was holding… I just had to hug him tight.

When I handed him the coffee I promised to pick up for him, we caught a glimpse of our mothers through the glass wall giggling inside the restaurant, it was funny, exhilarating and surprising all packed in one moment. The happiness I felt, I find it hard to express in words but it is so great that I guess no word could have ever explain it anyway.

First photo shows yours truly in pink, my Mike hiding behind me in Blue, beside him is his best friend, Kuya Ipe. Seated next to Kuya Ipe is Abby my college BFF and beside her is my mother in-law.

Second photo shows Mac, Abby’s boyfriend, in white, seated next to Abby is my mother in-law, my auntie Esa seated behind me, seated behind her is my Uncle Nestor and next to Kuya Ipe in the back is my Auntie Mavel, also one of my moms’s BFF’s.

Last photo shows Mike and I with our mothers. Mine is the one wearing gray…yes, I know they look like they are just about Mike’s age. Err… LOL

The night ended really well, after spending the entire day at Trick’s Korean Resto, we moved the Soju Night in our house. Abby and her boyfriend had to go home early though. Oops, more photos! Haha!

We drank, sang a few songs in the karaoke, went to buy ice, Korean Spicy Noodles and drank; my in-laws went home shortly after that though, but Mike and Kuya Ipe stayed overnight, although Kuya Ipe went to sleep in our other house within the village, which gave Mike and I more time to bond and talk about our plans, to talk about us…

I feel really blessed to finally have an alone time with him after almost three weeks of separation.


Filed under Family, Love, Mikel and Mia, Party

Ilocos, Wedding, Teaching Demo, Contest and Used Books

Well the title is really lame and blatant, sorry for that. I should really be sleeping now but I just really want to blog about the past three weeks. I know I should have blogged sooner, like right after I got home from the four day tour to Ilocos, but work load seemed to have piled up in an instant when I got back. So here I am, writing this late at night, powered by caffeine. This is going to be another lengthy post, so please bear with me since I tend to forget things easily that I just had to write everything down.

Ilocos Tour

I finally did it! After years of waiting for the right time to go on a vacation in Ilocos it finally happened and who would have thought that I’d be doing it with the entire College of Education?

As you know (if you have read my previous post) I wasn’t really psyched about going to Ilocos when the tour date was finalized and announced because it was sooner than I expected and I was just starting to save for my pocket money. Luckily, my mom was generous enough (as always) to provide me with everything I needed prior the trip. Mac also bought me snacks for the bus and he bought me an iPad too, partly so I wouldn’t be bored during the long trip and I guess it’s an advance anniversary present :P

Anyway, Ilocos was wonderful! I never thought I’d enjoy it as much as I did. The following were our itineraries for three days:

First Day: Vigan, Pagudpud, Polaris Beach Resort, Bangui Windmills, Patapat Bridge, Burgos Lighthouse, La Elliana Hotel, La Preciosa Restaurant. Second Day: Paoay Church, Malacañang of the North, Bagnos Laoag Sinkung Bell Tower, St. Monica Church, Marcos Mausoleum and Memorabilia, Museo Ilocos Norte, Pidig Chirch, Salcedo Hotel, Third Day:The Miraculous Vigan Church, Plaza Burgos - Burgos Museum, Juan Luna Museum, Hidden Garden, Shrine of Our Lady of Charity

I loved every bit of it, no matter how long the trip was and no matter how tiring it could be to tour and walk around different places all day. It’s an experience I wish to do all over again, perhaps in other places too. Here are photos by the way, I’ll let them speak for me.

My Kuya’s Wedding

So my older brother got married last Saturday, February 9th, I was part of the entourage and it was just simply fun and exciting. I am really happy that he finally decided to settle down and start a family of his own. I honestly admire him for being able to hold it too long to get married, I mean he’s already in his mid-thirties and he just got married. Although I think he should have done that years ago, but I guess he wasn’t ready then and it left me thinking how does one know that he or she is ready to get married and start a family?

The musing just got worse when I caught the bouquet during the reception…I know it’s too early to be talking about weddings, but I guess that’s just a wake up call for me, that I should be doing my best to attain my goals and finish project “Mia” first before I think about starting project “wedding”. Perhaps one needs to finish certain things first, you know like accomplish career and personal goals before planning for the big day, and I think that’s what I should really do now before I start considering hiring a pre-nup photographer.

Apparently, the divider between student life and reality becomes thinner as graduation day comes closer, making me think about what I really wanted to do first after I graduate. I need to get my plan laid out once and for all, although I know I won’t always attain them all, but it’s worth a try and it may also just serve as a guide as to what I should accomplish in the following years to come before I finally throw my own bouquet on my wedding night. ;)



Final Teaching Demonstration

In other news, I have been preparing for my final teaching demonstration. I have been under a lot of mental and a bit of physical stress lately just trying to get my presentation done and sensible, hence the reason why I wasn’t able to blog immediately. So far though I am doing great, I have finally pulled my head off stand-by mode and started working on my learning guide and invitation designs.

I finished all three today, the final presentation, my learning guide and my invitation card. I will be having my final lesson dry-run on Monday, hopefully this time I’ll be able to discuss my lesson about Les Miserables (the novel) in just 30 minutes so that I’d still have ample time for the group enrichment activities, reporting and closure activities. I tested my first presentation last Monday and I wasn’t able to give the group activities within one period because of the long discussion. So I made major adjustments with the help of my cooperating teacher; gosh, I really don’t know where I’d be without her, I wish she knows how grateful I am to have her as my cooperating teacher since I’m not really good in expressing my feelings verbally, hence the reason I keep a blog. :))

Anyway, Felice had her demo earlier today and I’m just happy that she finally got over with it and she was able to pull through perfectly. I am really proud of her and I’m extremely grateful that all her hard work had paid off and it paid off well. Mine will be on Tuesday and I’m fervently praying that I’d get similar results.

Contest and Used Books

I won first place in PixieChronicle.com‘s giveaway! :D I won a .info domain, a $20 coupon for romwe.com and three months advertising on Marinella Rose’s blogs! AWESOME right? :D Will announce my new domain soon :)

Late last month, I discovered a second hand book bargain shop online and what’s better is that it’s totally legit and some percentage of the books you buy gets to be donated to charity. It’s BetterWorldBooks.com!

I ordered a couple of books that I have been dying to read for ages. I know I could have just settled with the ebooks, but there really are some books that I want to read in print. Although while waiting for my books to arrive today I did finish about five books, all zombie novels and four of which were written by Jesse Petersen ;)

So yes, that’s right. The books I ordered finally came in the mail today and I am so excited in reading them all! But perhaps I won’t be able to pick up one of them until after I finish my final teaching demo and after I finish my narrative reports too. So it kind of sucks but it sort of adds to the excitement anyway. :P

By the way, before I end this post I wish to apologize to my blog friends for not being able to visit their sites in the last three weeks, I promise to do it ASAP. Cheers!


Filed under Family, Travel

Almost End of Term

You’ve read that right, first term is about to end in a month or so and my stack of paper work is higher than ever. T.T But I really missed blogging so I thought I’d write something today. :) It’s been quite a while since I last blogged, and a lot has really happened in my offline life since I last posted. One was a break up, another is my week-long birthday celebration and more of internship stuff mostly.

The break up was okay, it’s nothing to feel remorseful about really. We remained good friends after it, and I’m sure it will do us both good, especially now that’s he’s starting a career, and of course I’m almost crawling to the college finish line. I felt bad about having to go through it again, but I guess we are not meant to be together at the moment… we’re not entirely closing our doors for each other, though.

Anyway, enough of the break up thinggy, after that incident I celebrated my 20th birthday with two awesome birthday celebrations. The first was on my exact birthday, September 11th. I only invited my really close friends for dinner in our Korean Restaurant and I must say that it’s the best birthday celebration I had so far. We just ate, drank and laughed all evening as we talk about the most random things and became quite nostalgic. I wish we could do that often, but I guess we live so differently now and have our own responsibilities and obligations in life now… Men, that sucks but I really wish one day we can get together every weekend or at least once a month to catch up on each other’s lives. That would be terrific. :D Oh pictures :D

The second celebration was in our house and it was meant for my students and classmates, but sadly only my good friends and one student of mine came. My mom’s best friend came too, which made the small party livelier. I got so drunk that night that I went totally blank. LOL I have never ever experienced that in my entire life, and I don’t think I want to do it again. Ha-ha!

With regard to my internship, I’m almost done with my 300 hours for this term. I am really looking forward to finishing it… it can really get stressful. Proof? I rarely get sick before… now it’s as if flu is a regular visitor. T.T Yeah, I’m really having a tough time getting through this semester, but I guess I’ll just have to do my best to get through my last year in college… I mean, how bad can it get right? :D

I’m trying to stay positive at all times, I guess that’s what was keeping me from breaking down entirely. LOL Well, that’s all for now. Hope to blog again soon. Ciao! :D


Filed under Family, General, Party, Personal

You’ll Never Know…

I still feel like crying after seeing the photo below early this afternoon.


Credit: Mr. Dennis L. Santos

You’ve probably saw it on the evening news tonight, the horrible accident that shook the entire town of Taytay, Rizal early this afternoon. A dump truck went out of control and eventually crashed into a police outpost, killing five people. I was with Abby in McDonald’s Valley Golf this afternoon having our lunch when it happened, and I’m not sure who told us of the news first, but her aunt sent her a message in Facebook asking for her whereabouts, apparently she heard of the news already (I don’t even know how, because she’s in Canada) and was worried for Abby. Our good friend Felice sent Abby a text message confirming the accident, telling us that she has been stuck in traffic for almost an hour because of it.

I was in a bit of a shock when we were informed of the news, because Felice and I were planning to go home early but I decided to stay in school because of school work and because I still have a class at 5:30pm. I was thinking of saving my money when people were desperate to save lives. What’s worse is while I was browsing through the updates of my friends in Facebook I saw the photo of the accident, and when I started browsing through all the photos, I found the picture above. I nearly cried, I’m sure if we were not in a public place I would have done it. The photo just made me worried of the owner of that school book, I was imagining an innocent little girl on her way to school. My heart sank at the thought of it, and what I saw on the news on my way home (I took the bus) made me feel even worse. The owner of the book was an 11 year old boy who was on his way to school; he was running late because he was asked to sell rags by his mother for his and his two other sibling’s allowance for the day.

The older sibling was interviewed, and she does not seem to display any sign of grief from the death of her younger brother. I felt really bad… and-I know it’s really weird but I was imagining myself as the older sibling… Perhaps I would have gone ballistic if that ever (but I do wish and pray to God that it won’t) happen to any of my younger brothers. Maybe the media won’t be able to talk to me either, but looking at the sister of the poor boy she was not even slightly tensed. :’(

I was literally trembling on my seat. I closed my eyes and uttered a short prayer for those who were killed, especially for that poor little boy. His death was, I guess, the most tragic among those who were killed… if you would look into this site, they have a photo of the boy-I don’t want to and I definitely can’t describe the photo, so just see it for yourselves.

My mom doesn’t have any idea about it because she was in Quezon City the entire day, but I told her immediately when she called me this evening. She told me what she would always say when things like this happen… “Never forget to utter a prayer wherever you are, because you will never know when you will be joining God.” . I hope everyone who would read this would also take at least a few seconds to utter a simple prayer for the people who went home to God today. God bless everyone and keep safe.


Filed under Family, Food for Thoughts, General, Love

Au Revoir, Lola Celi.

As my fiance and I were watching Zombie land on our monthsary last Friday, June 24, my grand mother was taken in the ICU, and at 6pm that same day, she passed away.

I didn’t know until we decided to go home. I received a text message from my mom that she already passed away. In my mind, I saw my late father’s face… the one happy face that he wore just before he passed away in May of last year. I couldn’t feel that wowa (that’s what we used to call her) is dead, honestly… it’s as if she’s still there in the living room of her house, sitting in front of the TV watching random shows all day.

I honestly am bad at reacting on certain circumstances. I just don’t know how to take news like that, until the knife of pain comes rushing to me and plunging into my heart. When I was informed that my late pops was dead, it was over the phone, and I kept my facial expression and voice as I normally would speak or ask of someone. Later that morning, after hearing the news, I remembered myself tearing into a million pieces. I cried alone, I didn’t want people to see me crying, it just feel awkward to me. I held my tears for the rest of his wake, until the pain is no longer bearable, I just had to pour it out. I probably cried for hours, literally, on the last night of my father’s wake. He didn’t die a tragic death, my papa… but it’s a very tragic news to me, for just when I was just starting to include him in my plans for the future, he was taken away from me.

Going back to my grandma, I miss her, even if we haven’t shared too much of a moment together, but the little family gatherings, and visits I make in her home makes me feel terribly sad. She’s a good woman, religious, caring and loving. She’s almost the perfect grandma, but I never grew too close to her, but still she treats me as if I did. She asks for me when I fail to visit her, she always even send me home some of my favorite meals. Right now, as I make this post, I could see her face constantly flashing before my eyes.

I miss her, but like my papa, it was her time to go. We never had control over one’s life, it seems unfair, but as weird as it may seem, it’s good that they left this earth, for in the hands of God they live.


Filed under Family, General, Personal

God’s Will…

This morning my mom and I were talking about my eighteenth birthday celebration. We have agreed on a simple dinner party instead of a grand cotillion since we lack of budget. I was not disappointed or anything, I actually liked the idea since I am not much of a party lover. So I announced the news on Facebook by making a note and tagging my friends on it. But this afternoon, my aunts and my grandmother came to visit and they happen to talk about my upcoming eighteenth birthday and guess what? They volunteered to organize a party! :D

From what happened today, I have seen before my eyes how God worked through the people that surrounds me. He used them to organize the party that my mother have always wanted me to have on my eighteenth birthday. So you could just imagine the joy and relief that my mom feels right now. I am so thankful that God has sent me great angels to help my mom and I to organize this special event in my life. God has once again proved to me how Great He truly is and how deeply He cares for me, especially for my mom.

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“God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.”

Romans1:9-10


Filed under Faith, Family, Food for Thoughts, General, Party, Personal, Random Thoughts