Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Tag Attack!

'was tagged by meeya


4 Jobs I’ve Had In My Life…
:: documentation assistant at the defunct FEBTC
:: planning officer at NCRFW
:: junior associate at Alampay Law Office
:: legal officer at PAGCOR

4 Movies I Could Watch Over And Over
:: when a man loves a woman (am a chick flick fanatic)
:: the breakfast club (dont ask me why)
:: kung fu hustle (a very funny movie)
:: terms of endearment (i could cry over and over again)

4 Places I’ve Lived
:: batangas (during summers of my teenage years)
:: makati
:: sta. ana (due to roney's insistence)
:: pasig (by faith)

4 TV Shows I Love To Watch
:: game ka na ba (very informative)
:: house
:: etheria
:: iron chef

4 Places I’ve Been On Vacation
:: hongkong
:: boracay
:: bohol
:: ilocos

4 Websites I Visit Daily
:: http://yahoo.com
:: http://gmail.com
:: http://blogger.com
:: http://google.com

4 Of My Favorite Foods
:: crab/lobster
:: shrimp
:: chocolate
:: sweet corn

4 Places I’d Rather Be Right Now
:: home (so i could sleep and rest na)
:: by the beach (to swim all i want)
:: hotel room (to laze around all day)
:: heaven (to have eternal peace)

4 Bloggers I Am Tagging
:: dial
:: mariel
:: judy
:: chai

Mee, am done! :)

Monday, January 30, 2006

Married for Life

Two weeks ago, we got a text from Bea telling us that the next Marriage Ministry Inc (MMI) seminar would be on January 28. She asked if we were still interested in joining it. We readily confirmed our attendance. We have been waiting for the opportunity since 2004. Though Roney thinks that our devotions may be enough, i still believe that a little more learning would not hurt.

Roney and i read our Couple's Devotional Bible every morning. It has been a great help in dealing with our problems, differences and even blessings. We know that God takes active participation in our marriage because whenever we are in a quandary, whether among ourselves or with external factors, the Bible verses that we read for the day provide apt solutions. It's really amazing whenever we experience this kind of interaction with God; we feel His presence and concern on our marriage.

We were also blessed that our pastor agreed to mentor us for sometime. Those were the times when we were still undergoing tremendous adjustments. And, without our pastor's guidance and wisdom, we would not have reached this far. He made us realize and understand Christ's teachings. And although, some were bitter pills, we swallowed our pride and focused on the marriage.

We are so grateful to God because He makes good His promises. We have prayed that the Lord would give us the desires of our heart. It means that whatever desires we would have be given by God. And so far, all the plans that we have laid out are coming to fulfillment. It's not easy, but we do know that whatever happens, we have God on our side. And if He is with us, who can be against us?

samu't sari

Today is my roney's 30th birthday! And i haven't got any gift for him. I kept pestering him since the first day of the year on what would he want to receive for this special occasion. All i got for an answer was a kiss.

However, the special thing that he did for his birthday is to give me this tiny thing.

Lucky me. but, still, i feel guilty for not having bought anything. I have too many excuses, but the fact remains, all i can give him is a kiss... and the heartbeat of our baby. and guess what, he said that it's more than enough.


i don't know if it's hormonal thing or it's already embedded in my genes- i feel so tamad today. i even made roney's birthday an excuse just to refrain from going to work. but, a responsible man that he is, he lectured me on duties and responsibilities just so i would get up and be ready for work. so, here i am, still doing every worthless thing and procrastinating on finishing the important papers and work.

hmmmm.... will i still have work tomorrow?


i have not been depressed for a long time. and that is good. i just dread that i would be once the baby is out. how shall i prepare myself? keep busy? be busy? and then realize that such busy-ness are all in vain?


My head still aches. Since waking up, i have not known a minute of calm and serenity due to dizziness. the processed food partly settled in my middle region are threatening to materialize through my vocal chords and unto the loo. I just hope that i have a better aim.


Sometimes i wonder whether it is better for people around me to talk behind my back than when i am around. what i do not know won't hurt me. and oftentimes, it indicates respect or fear, whichever way you want to perceive it. it is more difficult to pretend ignorant than be clueless.


Eversince i swallowed a baby, i feel that my brain cells have decreased. i forget names, events and spellings. i have pictured myself as a deranged woman after having all those anesthesia during childbirth.

buti na lang, i was able to read from What to Expect When Expecting that all pregnant women suffer from forgetfulness due to hormonal imbalances. And this, thankfully, is not permanent.

i guess, i still have a bright future after all.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A Pleasant Surprise

This morning, while finalizing my memo to one of our departments, my phone rang from a private number. I thought that it was from one of the government offices or another, but it was my good ol' pal Myrfi from the human rights center. She was asking if they could print a statement i wrote regarding internship.

I could not believe my ears! I could not remember a single word i wrote five years ago that is worth quoting. Therefore, i asked her to repeat for me the exact words i said. Hmmm, it indeed sounded nice and touching. But did i really write that? of course plagiarism is out of the question. i would never dare steal someone else's words. I could probably borrow some ideas then refine them, but never take the exact words from another person's pen and consider them as my own.

Anyway, whatever its worth, i am sure glad that i had that call because it made my day :)

bituing walang ningning

I have a humongous headache today. It’s just probably hormonal or something. Or it may have to do with last night.

We were about to sleep when roney surfed the channels and came across Cinema One showing Bituing Walang Ningning. I off-handedly mentioned that Zsa-Zsa Padilla was the ghost singer of Cherie Gil as Lavinia. Out of curiosity, he left the channel where it was and watched the rest of the show. We thought that we won’t have to wait forever before seeing Lavinia sing since it was already the middle of the show. But, as any Sharonian knows, when Doreena rose to stardom, Lavinia would sing again only during the last part.

Roney was adamant that what he heard was Cherie’s voice. I insisted of course on what I know because I explicitly remember watching Sharon’s show and she said that Zsa Zsa was Cherie’s ghost singer. So, we remained watching until the credits were shown. Lo and behold, a song was sung by Cherie herself.

Did my memory fail me? Again? Hmp!

Monday, January 23, 2006


Last Christmas, i received a lot of chocolates. lots and lots of it! it was like a dream come true - to munch a chocolate every night til the rest of your life (of course, i am merely exaggerating).

But the thing is, i cannot eat chocolates. it is bad for the baby.

And of course, being the logical and sensible person that i am, i only did the best thing under these circumstances - hoard the chocolates until i am allowed to eat 'em all! (Much to the disappointment of my sister & her three (3) sons)

But, since chocolate is a temptation i cannot simply resist, i can only do the next best thing - eat only one in a week.

Now, on my desk are three mayfair chocolates. shall i eat one of them to satisfy my cravings now instead of waiting til i get home to have some ferrero rocher, este i mean ONE ferrero rocher?
Wait, i am wondering, seriously wondering, whether i had my quota last week. Hmmm, it seems that i wasn't able to eat any chocolate last week. nope, not a single one! ha!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Oh, No!

After much hype about going to King Crab to crab-all-you-can, we were not ready for the most devastating news: it closed down!

actually, it did not close down; it just changed its venue. it's now located in san juan, which is too far from us. according to a tambay, King Crab management did not renew its lease because of they did not agree on the lease price with the lessor. to roney, this just proves what his friend told him: hindi maganda sa feng shui ang restaurant sa jupiter. and this coming from a guy who doesn't even believe in such things.

anyway, to prevent me from depression, roney suggested that we eat at Gulliver's. we've been there last new year's eve and it's true that it is the best steakhouse in town. the beef was so juicy and the side dishes were so delicious.

we proceeded to order some appetizer and, of course, our steaks. in the middle of the appetizer, i felt that i had enough. so, no matter how good the steaks were, i wasn't able to eat any. and this is due to my pregnancy. according to my new ka-email-an, whose due date is same as mine, she also wasn't able to eat anything last night because she felt busog.

so, i guess i'll feast on that steak later tonight. i just hope it's still as juicy and tender as it was last night ;)

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Crab crazy

I've been craving for crabs for sometime now. nope, it's not a paglilihi thing; i just soooo love seafood. and the best place to go is.... whereelse but King Crab! Why not Red Crab you say? well, for starters, King Crab has this crab-all-you-can promo. secondly, the crabs are fresher and taste better. and, did i say they have a crab-all-you-can promo? sad thing though, it doesn't include shrimps. oooh, we're going there tonight for dinner. i can almost taste the crabmeat.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Paracetamol, anyone?

Last Tuesday, 03 January 2006, my lower back began to ache a little bit. i didn't mind the pain since it's tolerable. However, on Thursday, 05 January 2006, upon waking up, i could feel the pain seething through the end of my spinal column. but, heck, i got a lot of things to do and accomplish for the day. i just couldn't afford to take a leave again!

so, despite roney's protests, i forced myself to go to the office, presided over a staff meeting, accomplished some of my administrative work until barely after two hours of doing stuff, i called roney to pick me up. the damn back was too painful for me to stand, walk or even sit down!

That afternoon, we went to the OB and guess what? She suggested that i take a bed rest. Urgh! Doesnt she know that the reason why i changed doctors is because the former advised me the same?

Anyway, since it was really physically impossible for me not to heed her advice, i did not go to the office the next day, which was Friday. it was logical to stay in bed and rest, rest the whole weekend away, so that i could be up and about the next week.

I thought i was getting better over the weekend. i could do some stretching and even bend a little. That was before i woke up last Sunday.

Sunday was a nightmare! i could barely get up from the bed. i could not move sideways or forward or backward because it was just too painful. i was rushed to the ER of Makati Med around eleven in the morning. Roney even got me a wheelchair as soon as i alighted from the car.

Just as we were waiting for the doctor to attend to me, i remembered a story told by a friend that she ordered pizza for the ER staff just so her patient friend would be cared for immediately. and it worked for her. As i was thinking of doing the same, the doctor called my name and seemed to be waiting for me to stand up and go to him. When at last he finally noticed that i could not really move away from the wheelchair, he went to me and asked questions. Upon learning that i was pregnant, he referred me to an OB before saying his last words: 'i couldn't give you anything due to your condition but biogesic.'

After a few minutes, the OB came and asked questions. She said, 'due to your condition, i could just give you biogesic.' Hmmm, sounds familiar. But, she referred me to an ortho because i was complaining of back pain which may be caused by a torn ligament or something. She told me that the ortho might recommend an x-ray which may not be harmful to the baby if it was done only once. Heck, i would rather live in pain than risk the baby. No way, jose!

After forty-five minutes (and it was already past one in the afternoon), the ortho came and asked me questions. "I could give you nothing but paracetamol. And oh, just do some warm compress for 20 minutes thrice a day." Really familiar! Darn, i came there, waited for roughly 3 hours, let myself get starved, just for biogesic??!!! I wanted to shout: Why didn't anyone bother to at least look at me or have me stand so that they would see what was really bothering me!

When i went home, disappointed and resigned, i asked my churchmates to pray for me. And it worked! The pain just diminished the day after, which was Monday, which was merely yesterday. And here i am! in the office. typing the keys away.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006


Following Mariel's suit, here it goes:

The Three Dimension Luck and Power Test

You Are Balanced - Realist - Empowered

You feel your life is controlled both externally and internally.
You have a good sense of what you can control and what you should let go.
Depending on the situation, you sometimes try to exert more control.
Other times, you accept things for what they are and go with the flow.

You are a realist when it comes to luck.
You don't attribute everything to luck, but you do know some things are random.
You don't beat yourself up when bad things happen to you...
But you do your best to try to make your own luck.

You have a good deal of power, but you also know the pecking order.
You realize that working the system does get you further.
You know who to defer to and who to control.
When it comes to the game of life, you play things flawlessly.

The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who have a split personality - cold as ice on the outside but hot as fire in the heart.

In love, you feel the most alive when things are straight-forward, and you're told that you're loved.

You'd like your lover to think you are stylish and alluring.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was emotional, moody, and difficult to please.

Your ideal relationship is lasting. You want a relationship that looks to the future... one you can grow with.

Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.

You think of marriage as something precious. You'll treasure marriage and treat it as sacred.

In this moment, you think of love as commitment. Love only works when both people are totally devoted.

Your Birth Month is August

Ambitious and strong, you find it easy to be successful.
You are brave and stubborn. No one's going to set your limits!

Your soul reflects: Strength, character, and devotion

Your gemstone: Peridot

Your flower: Poppy

Your colors: Orange, red, and light green

Your Personality Profile

You are pure, moral, and adaptable.
You tend to blend into your surroundings.
Shy on the outside, you're outspoken to your friends.

You believe that you live a virtuous life...
And you tend to judge others with a harsh eye.
As a result, people tend to crave your approval.

You Are 60% Weird

You're so weird, you think you're *totally* normal. Right?
But you wig out even the biggest of circus freaks!

You Should Get a JD (Juris Doctor)

You're logical, driven, and ruthless.
You'd make a mighty fine lawyer.

Your Power Color Is Indigo

At Your Highest:

You are on a fast track to success - and others believe in you.

At Your Lowest:

You require a lot of attention and praise.

In Love:

You see people as how you want them to be, not as how they are.

How You're Attractive:

You're dramatic flair makes others see you as mysterious and romantic.

Your Eternal Question:

"Does This Work Into My Future Plans?"

You Are Mexican Food

Spicy yet dependable.
You pull punches, but people still love you.

You Are a Mai Tai

You aren't a big drinker, but you'll drink if the atmosphere is festive.
And when you're drunk, watch out! You're easily carried away.

What Kind of Seducer Are You?

Your Seduction Style: Sweet Talker

Your seduction technique can be summed up with "charm"
You know that if you have the chance to talk to someone...
Well, you won't be talking for long! ;-)

You're great at telling potential lovers what they want to hear.
Partially, because you're a great reflective listener and good at complementing.
The other part of your formula? Focusing your conversation completely on the other person.

Your "sweet talking" ways have taken you far in romance - and in life.

You can finess your way through any difficult situation, with a smile on your face.

Speeding tickets, job interviews... bring it on! You truly live a *charmed life*