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I don’t know why I’m so affected by Francis Magalona’s death…every time there’s a tribute for him I find myself crying.  I’m not really a big fan of him kasi hindi naman ako mahilig sa rap songs but for the past 2 years I’ve been a regular visitor of his blog.  Maybe this is the reason why I feel this way kasi feeling ko naging part na sya ng buhay ko for the past 2 years.  Until now kahit patay na sya, i still click his blog in my bookmarks, naging everyday routine ko na kasi na bisitahin ang blog nya.  Like what I’ve said earlier, i’m not a big fan of rap songs but I find his music inspiring.  every time i listen to his songs, i feel so proud being Pinoy lalo na the very famous “Mga Kababayan ko.”  I really admire kung paano nya isulong ang pagiging makabayan at kung paano nya i-promote ang ating bansa.  I don’t know him personally pero nakikita ko sa kanya na sya ay isang mabuting ama sa kanyang mga anak.  I saw how responsible and loving he was to his wife and his 8 children.  sayang nga lang at maaga syang kinuha ni Lord but I do believe he has lived his life to the fullest!  Sana lang naibigay sa kanya ng gobyerno ang recognition ng sya’y nabubuhay pa.  Nevertheless, he deserves this posthomous award they are giving him.

We salute you Kiko!  thank you for the music and the inspiration to be proud of who we are!!!  Rest in the presence of the Lord!


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today I am commemorating the birth of my 4th child Jericho Lucas whom I miscarried 4 years ago at 20 weeks of gestation (5 months).  I may not understand why God took you but I know someday I will see you again.

Just those few weeks
by Susan Erling
For those few weeks I had you all to myself.
And that seems too short a time to be changed so profoundly
In those few weeks I came to know you …and love you.
You came to trust me with your life.
Oh, what a life I had planned for you!
Just those few weeks when I lost you.
I lost a lifetime of hopes, plans, dreams and aspirations….
a slice of my future simply vanished over night.
You were just those few weeks my little one,
you darted in and out of my life too quickly.
But it seems that’s all the time you needed to make my life
so much richer and give me a small glimpse of eternity.

a very good friend shared with me a very touching song from a popular Christian band in the states, “Mercy Me,” entitled…HOMESICK.

I cried while listening to the song because it reminded me of my 4 precious angels waiting for me in heaven.

You’re in a better place, I’ve heard a thousand times
And at least a thousand times I’ve rejoiced for you
But the reason why I’m broken, the reason why I cry
Is how long must I wait to be with you

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
I’ve never been more homesick than now

Help me Lord cause I don’t understand your ways
The reason why I wonder if I’ll ever know
But, even if you showed me, the hurt would be the same
Cause I’m still here so far away from home

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
I’ve never been more homesick than now

In Christ, there are no goodbye
And in
Christ, there is no end
So I’ll hold onto
Jesus with all that I have
To see you again
To see you again

And I close my eyes and I see your face
If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow

I’ve never been more homesick than now

on mother’s day we decided to take our moms for a day tour at The Farm in San Benito, Batangas. umalis kami ng 7am sa bahay para before 9am nasa The Farm na kami para sulit naman ang ibabayad namin kasi very pricey ang day tour nila, 950++ (12% service charge and 10% vat). buffet lunch is included as well as free use of swimming pool. syempre excited ang mga moms dahil wala silang idea kung saan namin sila dadalhin. kami pa lang mag-asawa ang nakakita sa place kasi we went there a few days before Mother’s day para to see the place at magpa-reserve na rin. unfortunately, pagdating namin sa Lipa biglang sinalubong kami ng super heavy traffic! halos hindi talaga gumagalaw ang sasakyan dahil sinara nila ang main hi-way to give way sa isang sports event so nagkabuhol-buhol talaga ang mga sasakyan. ang tanging daan na papunta sa The Farm ay sarado at after 12 noon pa raw magbubukas kaya sobrang inis namin! nakapagtanong kami sa isang pulis kung meron pa bang ibang daan papuntang The Farm at tinuro nya sa min kung saan pwedeng dumaan…it was about past 10 am already at almost 2hrs kaming na-stuck sa traffic. we were so happy kasi biglang naglaho ang traffic sa tinuro nyang daan sa amin kaya lang after almost an hour of journey ay wala pa kaming nakikitang karatulang pointing to The Farm. nagtanong ulit kami at sabi ng aming napagtanungan mali daw ang aming tinahak na daan dahil sa lipa city lang daw ang daan papuntang The Farm. we were so frustrated dahil gutom na kami at kailangan ng gumamit ng CR so nag-decide kami na huminto sa isang bahay para magtanong at para makigamit na rin ng CR. Tama nga ang sinabi ng babae sa amin na mali ang aming dinaanan, pero sabi ng aming napagtanungan na fortunately ay isang city engineer at may relative na nagtatrabaho sa The Farm meron daw shortcut na papuntang The Farm na malapit lang sa kanila. Ito daw ay back entrance ng The Farm. To cut the long story short, natunton namin ang back gate ng The Farm and thank God dahil may nakabantay dun so all we had to do was show him our reservation slip at kami’y pinapasok nya. Kaya super happy kami at very thankful dahil the Lord guided us in finding the place. it was 11 am when we got to the place and we were famished so excited kami sa lunch although aware naman kami na vegetarian dish lang ang sine-serve nila. pagdating namin we were served with fresh buco juice na hindi malamig. syempre may baon kaming food but unfortunately bawal palang magdala ng food. so we decided to return the food in the car except for our water na pwede naman. after a few minutes, nag start na ang guided tour. the place is amazing, very quiet at talagang mare-relax ka. di masyadong nag-enjoy ang moms sa tour kasi super init so we decided to head straight to the dining area for lunch kasi gutom na talaga kami. we had to wait for almost an hour for lunch to be served kasi hindi pa ready and during the waiting time, we were all very anxious to try vegan meal. medyo nae-excite kami kasi naaamoy namin ang bawat food na nilalabas from the kitchen. when it was time to start the meal, syempre soup muna kami so lahat kami kumuha ng soup at isang subo pa lang halos iluwa na ng aming bibig! it was very spicy and the main ingredient was labanos…korean style daw ang luto. so the soup was bad, pero may main dish pa naman eh so pila ulit kami para sa main dish, syempre halos kinuha namin lahat para matikman. kaya lang halos wala kaming nakain sa aming kinuha. i love veggies more than meat pero hindi ko talaga makain ang food nila, it has a very distinct taste na halos hindi ayaw tanggapin ng aking dila at tiyan. i have nothing against their food, alam ko may kanya-kanya tayong panlasa, maaring sa iba they find the food great pero para sa amin na first time naka-encounter ng ganung lasa talagang hindi namin nagustuhan. siguro pag palaging ganun ang kakainin ko my tastebuds will get used to it but for first timers talagang mahirap kainin. medyo bumawi kami sa dessert, kakaiba din dessert nila kasi very healthy din, halos lahat ng dish nila ay may coconut. i guess very healthy talaga ang coconut. and no cold drinks in this place, room temperature lang ang water. bawal din mag smoke at there are areas na bawal ang cell phones. it’s really a unique place, if you want total cleansing or to detoxify then this is the place for you. but watch out, it will cost you a fortune! Then after lunch dinaan na lang namin sa swimming ang aming gutom…ang ganda ng kanilang mini waterfalls, super lamig ng tubig kaya napawi ang init ng ulo namin…hehehe! so kahit hindi kami nag-enjoy sa lunch super enjoy naman kami sa swimming. part of our mother’s day gift sa aming mommies ay bigyan sila ng one hour full body massage which they enjoyed very much! syempre ako din nagpa-massage, it was one the best massages i ever had! We left the place at exactly 5pm and on our way home we had dinner at gerry’s grill in SM Lipa to satisfy our hunger.

will I go back to this place? definitely yes!!! I would like to try their sulu cottages pero sabi ko nga sa aking asawa, pag meal time, we’ll just go to Lipa to eat then just use the place para mag-relax. great idea, right?!

Posted on: Hunyo 4, 2008

Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTex)…my husband and I had the privilege of passing through this new expressway going to Subic.  It was the day before typhoon Cosme ravaged Zambales.  Actually, we were not planning of going to Subic, we really wanted to go sa Bataan, gusto kasi namin makapag road trip bago kami bumalik ng saudi.  so armed with our very reliable map, we left Sta. Rosa na medyo late na, around 6:30 am and thank God hindi kami naabutan ang traffic sa edsa.  syempre stop over muna sa 1st gas station in NLEX and that’s when my husband decided to ask for direction sa hi-way patrol kung saan ang the best way going to bataan.  he suggested the newly opened SCT expressway, the fastest way to Bataan.  buti na lang sinunod namin ang payo ng mamang pulis kasi super ganda ng daan!!!  very smooth and motorists will be treated with breathtaking views of different mountains and fields as well as lahar from Mt. Pinatubo.  feeling ko nga wala kami sa Pinas, the road reminded me of Hong Kong, from the airport papunta sa city.  mountains were parted para makagawa ng daan at hindi magkanda-ugaga ang aking asawa sa kapi-picture!  every time na hihinto kami para kunan ang view, hinihintuan din kami ng hi-way patrol kasi akala nila nasiraan kami.  medyo mahal lang ang toll fee, 112 pesos (If i’m not mistaken) simula sa umpisa hanggang subic.  pero para sa amin, sulit naman ang ibabayad kasi ang ganda talaga!  hindi ko naorasan how long it took us from entry point hanggang subic kasi sobrang nalibang kami sa scenery at maraming beses kasi kaming huminto.  siguradong matutuwa ang mga may sports car pag dumaan dito kasi pwedeng pwede nilang ihataw ang kanilang sasakyan!  pero ingat lang at baka mahuli ng hi-way patrol.

saludo ako kay GMA sa napaka gandang proyektong ito!!!

my husband and I just got back last night from a 10 hour trip from manila to Bahrain (including a short stopover in Hong Kong) then an hour drive from Bahrain to our house.  kahit more than a decade na kong sumasakay ng plane I can never get used to it, hindi pwedeng hindi ako mahihilo so yesterday i decided to take dinizil kaya i slept all the way from Hong Kong to Bahrain.  Anyway, we had a great time in the Philippines kahit naubos ang isang buwan sa wedding preparations ng aking sister in law.  Unfortunately once lang kami nakapag road trip ng aking asawa, marami kaming planong puntahan but when we got there, marami pa palang hindi naaayos ang aking sis in law for her wedding so i ended up as her coordinator while my husband was the driver…we had to accompany her to different wedding suppliers.  but no regrets kasi naging successful naman ang wedding and thank God it didn’t rain considering how unpredictable ang weather sa Tagaytay.

Ang hirap talagang bumalik after vacation but that’s life….hindi naman pwedeng puro sarap lang kailangan meron din hirap.  Back to reality na naman kami, kailangan na ulit kumita after spending thousands of money sa loob lang ng mahigit isang buwan.

more chikas and kwento in the coming days…daming chores na dapat tapusin!

tomorrow’s the big day!!!  hooray!!!  super excited na talaga kami sa pag-uwi sa Pinas.  we’ve waited 10 months for this day and finally isang tulog na lang.  pero nalulungkot din ako kasi maiiwan ko ang aking mga alagang aso, kahit may mag-aalaga sa kanila hindi ko pa rin maiwasan  mag-alala at malungkot kasi maghapon silang walang kasama sa bahay.  ):  but i know they will  be fine, sana lang hindi sila magkasakit habang kami ay nasa bakasyon.  i will keep this short mag-aayos pa ko ng gamit na aming dadalhin, i hope hindi kami mag excess baggage…ang dami kasing pabili katulad ng havaianas, sampung tsinelas yata ang aming dala kasi mura dito ang havaianas, wala pang 500 pesos.  at syempre hindi mawawala ang pasalubong na nakaugalian na nating mga pinoy.  kahit every year kami umuuwi namimili pa rin kami ng pasalubong kaya hindi pa kami nakakaalis ng saudi halos ubos na ang aming pera….hehehe!!!  pero ok lang din, sabi nga, “share your blessing.”  ang sarap naman ng feeling habang inaabot mo ang iyong pasalubong at meron ngiti sa kanilang mga labi.

saan kaya kami dadalhin ng aming mga paa?  but one thing is for sure, hundreds of pictures na naman ang aming baon pagbalik dito sa May.  ang dalangin ko lang matupad lahat ng aming mga plano with God’s guidance and wisdom.  see yah!!!