Birthday Reflections

Birthday Reflections

It’s my birthday today! And it’s my biggest “celebration” yet. We’re not really big on birthdays, you see. In previous years, we just have dinner, just our little family of three; sometimes, we are joined by a handful of friends. It was always small, cozy, intimate, nothing grand.

This time, our family’s spending it in sunny Cebu. ๐Ÿ˜Ž This is my first time to be out of town for my birthday. Though technically, it’s not a vacation coz we’re here for a conference. But any break from my usual routine is very much welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚ At the least, I don’t have to worry about making up the bed. ๐Ÿ˜›

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This was at the breakfast buffet. My friends’ told the servers that it was my birthday, so I got subjected to the customary “flash mob” singing. Quite embarrassing really. ^_^;;
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It was actually the little boy who enjoyed himself more while the staff were singing. ๐Ÿ˜›

While in Cebu, we met up with Terci’s relatives who are now based here. Also met up with one of my longest friends from high school, Rita. We never really lost touch thanks to technology, but it’s still different and much much better to catch up in person. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the whole, it was a wonderful day. And a better year even. There are still the little things I am wishing for, and the bigger things I AM PRAYING FOR. But it’s been a better year thus far (compared to 2016 which was very tiring and discouraging! @_@). I feel that I have got a renewed sense of Faith and purpose and gratitude. I hope things continue feeling being this way for a very long time.

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Placebo Effect

Placebo Effect

I sprained my right ankle. I have just gotten off the car and stepped on the sidewalk. My right foot must have slipped off the edge, twisting it and sending me and my bag flying on the floor. My left shin actually broke the impact of the fall so I didn’t land on my face. But I fell, nonetheless.

My husband, who have just dropped me off, was keeping Elmo in place, when he noticed the crowd beside his car. And Elmo was peering curiously at the window, “What is Mommy doing?” That was when he saw me “sprawled” on the steps. (I’m such a klutz, y’know. I’ve fallen off stairs and potholes and grassy slopes, in Manila, in Cebu, in Thailand. ๐Ÿ˜› )

Terci went out to help me as I hobbled into the car. When I got in, Elmo bombarded me with questions. “Mommy, what happened?” “Mommy, why did you fall?” “Mommy, why did your bag fly?” “Mommy, does it hurt?” “Mommy, are you alright?” And then he went down and got hold of my right foot.

“What are you doing?”

“I will kiss it. :-* There, it’s better now Mommy.”

Whenever Elmo would hurt himself, he’d tell me to kiss and sometimes massage the painful area. And almost magically, he’d feel relief. Placebo effect? Still not fully myelinated spinothalamic tracts? Central modulation of pain? ย Some signals diverted to the dorsal columns? Whatever the mechanism, it sure does wonders. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

And despite the searing pain, I couldn’t help but smile. It still hurts a lot (I couldn’t stand on it, and had to crawl up the stairs to get to the bedroom), but Elmo’s little gesture sure brought me comfort. ^_^

BAGgiedala atbp.

BAGgiedala atbp.

Ah July! My favorite month, my birth month. A valid time for me to unabashedly ask for things I want. ๐Ÿ˜›

My daily tote’s handles are fraying along the edges, so I’m scouting for a new bag to replace it. I’m currently crushing on this Dagne Dover classic tote. ๐Ÿ’ผ I need a roomy bag, but without the little things drowning and getting lost in the mess. I like how the Dagne Dover tote has many compartments to keep things in place and organized. The design is clean and classy. I want one in bleecker blush or onyx.

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And while we’re at it, this matching Dagne Dover walletย and pouch.

I’d also like a fruit infusion water bottle. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

A rash guard and legsuit, to cover up my unsightly parts for when I decide to join my little penguin.

A pair of white Keds sneakers. I think leather would be less dumihin and easier to clean. Whatchatink?

Muji storage drawers!

That’s it for the material things.ย The real birthday wishlist is WEIGHT LOSS! ๐Ÿ˜›

My Little Penguin

My Little Penguin

Oh Hello Blog! We meet again. It’s been a while, I know. Been trying to sleep early and cut back on idle Internet surfing. @_@

Enrolled Elmo in swim class. Classes are at 3 PM, every Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both Terci and I have got work, so we had to make major adjustments to our schedules to accommodate Elmo’s lessons (Terci more than me. Being the swimmer between the two of us, he is the one who joins his son in the water! ๐Ÿ˜› ย Frustration nya actually na hindi ako marunong lumangoy. ๐Ÿ˜› He tried teaching me and then later on, gave up had me enrolled in formal swimming lessons. I never completed the course! I only lasted til the 5th or 6th session. ๐Ÿ˜› Kaya naman career si Terci na matuto si Elmo. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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Elmo was initially afraid of the water. I was looking at photos and videos of him when he was younger, and he would really cling as if for dear life whenever his Dad brings him to the water. On the first day of swim classes, he cried during the most part, and didn’t want to leave the pool’s edge. After much persuasion and encouragement, he finally went down into the water… just as the session was wrapping up and his classmates were already getting out of the pool. His teacher was kind enough to allow him to sit in the next class. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But now, they always go on overtime in the pool. Formal classes are only 30 minutes, but they extend even an hour beyond.ย To date, Elmo can already hold his breath underwater and propel himself. But he still has to learn how to rise above the water and breathe. He also has to build up on his upper body strength.

I meet with them afterwards and we all have ice cream together. I hope someday to be able to pick up from where I left off, and be able to join my boys in the water too. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Being Truly Rich

Being Truly Rich

Was chatting with a friend the other day. Our conversations usually revolve around money, careers and retirement, savings and investments. No, he does not sell insurance! But he is business savvy and enterprising; I am amazed at how he is brave to embark on various moneymaking ventures… which turn out to be lucrative, mind you. And these are all perfectly legal, btw. ๐Ÿ˜›

Lately though he’s been feeling overwhelmed and is contemplating on retiring early.

“What is the measure of being rich?” he asked. I am amused at how our conversation suddenly took a philosophical turn.

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Ever Ever After at 5!

Can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I walked down the aisle, to marry the man of my dreams, or prayers rather! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m having trouble uploading our wedding SDE, so I’ll just post the link.

Shot on the same day, 5 years ago. The exact same day of the week even–a Saturday. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was up at 3 (!!!!) in the morning, for our 9 AM wedding. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ (We opted for a morning wedding coz we had several old people guests. ๐Ÿ˜€ ) I remember trying to sleep at 9 PM the night before (with great difficulty, as I am more a night owl than a morning lark!), and being awakened by a text from our wedding OTD coordinator that she was already at the door. ๐Ÿ˜› I don’t recall feeling rested, I can’t even remember falling asleep. But the adrenaline rush was more than enough to sustain me throughout the day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I so luv our SDE! Took my cue from Ate Grace who also chose an upbeat song for her wedding SDE. Hindi tuloy nakakasawa panoorin kahit paulit-ulit! ๐Ÿ™‚ The first time I watched “Enchanted”, I already mentally bookmarked this song for future reference. ย I was still single at that time, but I already had a vision for my wedding. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย (“Balang araw, pag kinasal ako, gagamitin ko itong kantang ito…” ๐Ÿ˜›ย )ย It was also a good idea that Terci brought the Lego bride & groom minifigs ๐Ÿ‘ฐ ๐ŸŽฉ coz it injected some fun and personality to our video. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Buti pa itong youtube video ng kanta, pwedeng ma-embed sa post. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Our wedding SDE is here.

The 2016 Year-End Survey

The 2016 Year-End Survey

What did you do in 2016 that youโ€™d never done before? Mag-Ninang sa kasal. ๐Ÿ˜›

Did you keep your new yearโ€™s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn’t. Joined the “One Word” movement for the first time, with the word “Mindfulness.” I’m doing the same thing this year, with “Health” as my word for 2017. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Did anyone close to youโ€ฆ
Get married?
My inaanaks. Hahaha! Monica & Al on Dec 10 (after 10 million years!). Ari & Diana – December 30 (Surprise! Surprise! ๐Ÿ˜› ).
Give birth? Maciang to baby Alriq. Joni to baby Joril. Crizelda to baby Nathan.
Passed away? A high school classmate’s baby who figured in a freak accident. Our high school Chem teacher. One of the waitresses from our suking carinderia, whose death from an apparent illness was very shocking! She was always cheerful and would even watch over Elmo while we ate at their store. She didn’t appear to be sick at that time. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016? Serenity

What date(s) from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? October 19–aftermath of Super Typhoon Lawin, and our anniversary.

What was your biggest achievement of the year? IDK, keeping the house clutter at bay. ๐Ÿ˜›

What was your biggest failure? Letting my emotions get the better of me ^_^;;

Did you suffer illness or injury? A lot! There’s the perpetual skin rash. And the flu which took me 2 weeks of convalescence. And allergic rhinitis & asthma attacks which occur on an almost monthly frequency. Hence my word for the year. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What was the best thing you bought? It’s not something recently purchased, but we acquired my childhood piano from my parents. It was bought 30 years ago and has slowly steadily fallen apart over the decades. Spent quite a sum in rehabilitating it, but I’m happy we got to salvage it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Whose behavior merited celebration? Therese who is still able to exude grace and peace, despite all the trials coming her way.

Where did most of your money go? House works pa den. The piano above.

What did you get really, really, really excited about? The piano. Christmas! My new iPhone.ย My X-Files charm bracelet. And The Heart and Brain comics.

What song(s) will always remind you of 2017? Pen apple pineapple ๐Ÿ˜›

Compared to this time last year, are youโ€ฆ
Happier or sadder? This “time of the year” is definitely happier than last year’s. But if I am to average this year’s “happiness” vs. last year’s, this year’s actually more negative in the scale. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ I’m not sadder. But I am more anxious and fearful. And very very tired.
Thinner or fatter? My clothes fit more comfortably now. But the weighing scale, mirror and pictures say otherwise. ๐Ÿ˜›
Richer or poorer? Richer in material things, poorer in spirit. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

What do you wish youโ€™d done more of? Sleep. Physical activity. Go out and explore the outdoors. Take pictures. Write/journal/blog. Count my blessings. Meditate.

What do you wish youโ€™d done less of? Eat. Worry. Get angry. ๐Ÿ˜  Idle Internet surfing.

How did you spend Christmas? It was a Sunday, a slow day. We mostly have work during Sundays and even holidays. But this Sunday was rare for us, in that we were able to observe the Sabbath as a day of rest. It was my “ideal” of a perfect Sunday, I actually cried that night (seriously! ๐Ÿ˜›). We had lunch at Rufino’s, in Paoay. Dinner at Saramsam. Gift-giving at home. Received a mechanical metronome from my husband and the Jim Kay-illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Did you fall in love in 2017? Yes.๐Ÿ™‚

What was your favorite TV program? Mostly Disney Junior!

What was the best book you read? Only got to read a couple of books–Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (both the Hogwarts textbook and the movie screenplay)

What were your greatest musical discoveries? Rediscovering John Williams

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016? Round skirts. Sleeveless blouses. Whites. Black pumps.

What did you want and get? An iPhone, to replace my old 5-year old Blackberry which finally conked out on me. Not the fancy schmancy iPhone 7, but the more practical iPhone SE, which fits in the palm of my small hand, and is perfect for my purposes! The mechanical metronome which my husband gifted me for Christmas.

What did you want and not get? A slim and healthy body. ๐Ÿ˜›

What was your favorite film of this year?ย Only got to watch two, which I both loved. “Finding Dory” which hits me differently now that I am a parent. While kids might probably relate to Dory (and Nemo) whose search and rescue ended in success anyway, I now feel for Dory’s parents and Nemo’s dad. The thought of losing one’s child is frightening! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
I also enjoyed “Rogue One”. Most people found it dark, but IDK, I found it to be a ‘refreshing’ take on the Star Wars universe. Indeed, it puts the “War” in Star Wars. I find it a fitting tribute to the unsung heroes of war; not the captains and generals and Skywalkers, but the many nameless soldiers and warriors who bravely sacrifice, fight and dieย for a cause.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 30++ We had dinner with a couple of friends.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Serenity

What kept you sane?ย Only by God’s grace. I don’t know how I got through 2016. It’s been a veryย tryingย TIRING year! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Elmo! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

What political issue stirred you the most? Philippine elections

Who did you miss?ย The Competitors! I’m not part of their group, but I am friends with them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ My HS barkada. And Tita Paula! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Who was the best new person you met? Roanalaine! She’s not new. But I think we’ve bonded more this year. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV)

Tagging Diane, Leah, Edelweisa, The Pseudoshrink,ย Renette, SAFM, SIU, theLittleDoramaGirl. And to anyone who wants to respond this survey, feel free to do so. Just link to this post to create a pingback so I could read yours.๐Ÿ˜‰