Salamat po Ma


Mama-BiDear Mama Pearl,

#WishYouWereHere. Miss na miss ko na po kayo — araw-araw, tuwing nakikita ko ang mga apo ninyo.

Lalo na po yung kamukha niyong si Jude — hindi ko alam kung paano niya nakuha pati ang mannerisms ninyo kapag nagsasalita. Baby lang naman siya nung huli niya kayong nakita. At thanks be to God po, matalino din siya, at gumagaling na siya mag-piano ngayon. Nung first day nga po niya sa piano school, nagulat kami at pati instructor niya — 10 lessons po agad tinapos niya sa first day. Salamat sa Diyos po sa ipinamana ninyong hilig sa musika.

Si Moriyah naman po, malapit na mag 3 years old. Kapag kumanta na siya – mula sa bahay, hanggang sa mall, hanggang pag-uwi sa bahay – paulit-ulit yung medley niya ng Eensy-Weensy-Spider, Old McDonald, Baa-baa Black Sheep, at minsan may kasama pang “One call away.” Long play! Sino nga po ba yung ganun? 😉

At si Jaron po, 8 mos. old na today, sa birthday niyo. Kasing bigat po ni Ysrael nung pinanganak. Kasing lakas din niya umiyak. Pero ang sarap tumawa! At grateful din po kami na hindi siya sakitin, sa awa ng Diyos. Continue reading “Salamat po Ma”

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Progressive health and beauty

JellieCountrySeveral months ago, I posted – no, gushed – about Tokyo Love Soaps. A very effective brand, but very expensive (I used it for medical reasons at that time). You see, I’m a wash-and-wear kind of girl, so I do my best to start with the right soap. And when I find a soap that my skin likes, I stick with it. So when a good friend, Ms. Leila Rispens-Noel, posted on Facebook about a group of women in Bansalan, Davao del Sur who are making all-natural soap from goat’s milk, I was very curious to try it out.

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Before we sleep tonight, just something to ponder on…

PSEi closed really low again. A downward trend, after the highs and upward trends in the past 5 years until earlier this year. I don’t know anything about stock market “stuff”, but I do know that somehow, plenty of ordinary, hardworking Filipinos’ lives will be affected by it. The experts say the reason for the slump is the failed EU stimulus package.

However, here’s what I think: many foreign businessmen who are in control of those stocks, and are invested in businesses in my country, are watching whatever comes out of our public and social media outlets. They might be worried that change is coming in May 2016, and some might opt out before that happens. To them I plead: please don’t worry. My countrymen need your legitimate business to feed their families. Give us a chance to show you that you made the right choice in investing in my country, in the Filipino people.

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Mabuhay!

My precious princess
My date last Sunday #girlsdayout

It’s been months, people! I gave birth normally to a healthy baby boy last September, thanks be to God! And thank you too, to those who prayed for me. Taking care of a toddler and a newborn is a new experience for me. Before I gave birth, I thought I’d give myself a month to recover and get back to work. I was so wrong. Many days I still feel like a train wreck. And those are days when I’m really, REALLY grateful for my husband, who has been so amazingly supportive and strong for me, keeping our family (and my sanity) intact. Last Sunday he and the boys stayed home while their ladies went out to the mall (I love you, Song!).

Anyway, I posted this under “Freebies” because, well, I do have some free stuff to share, that I hope you will check out.

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What did I learn from SONA2015?

SONA-2015-govphLet me get this off my chest first: I didn’t like H.E. President Noynoy Aquino’s intro of “blaming the past admin.” Which set the mood for trying to get all the credit for projects that, upon closer look, past administrations actually began. Seriously, someone should change his script to something more unifying, and forward-looking. Continue reading “What did I learn from SONA2015?”

Officially a professional homebody

Arrival-in-PPrincesaI love to travel, and I like going out. One of the things hubby and I decided early on in our marriage is to travel a lot, whenever we can. Because making memories for our kids ranks among the best gifts we could ever give them. And we’re living proof that you don’t have to break the bank just to go to places you want to see: all it takes is prayer, faith and maintaining a positive attitude no matter what: setbacks are usually just steps back to a better path  to your original destination. Continue reading “Officially a professional homebody”

Happy anniversary, believers!

shavuot-wheatToday is Shavuot for Israel, and Pentecost for followers of Yeshua. I don’t know when was the last time our calendars coincided, but to be celebrating on the same day this year, is something that really excites me. And it’s not about the abundance of cheese either (my family and I love cheese — all kinds of it, especially cheesecake!).

Today is important, because it was the day YHVH gave the Ten Commandments to the people of Israel. Many centuries later, He still affirms this and declared: “This is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says YHVH. “I will put My instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people” (Jeremiah 31:33).

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