Monday, October 29, 2012

that's my dad

I am not sure if I have mentioned in any of my posts that my father is a professional mechanical engineer and that he works at a sugar milling company. Career-wise, he actually had humble beginnings where he started from a mere rank and file employee who works hands-on with bearings,  vise accessories and other industrial supplies and equipment that I am not familiar with, until he got promoted to a supervisory position. Today, even when he is already past the age of retirement, he is still working, although now I heard he is already holding a consultancy position (sort of). I am proud of my dad's achievements especially that I am aware that he worked really hard to earn his title. He's not from a well-to-do family; so, he had to work his way to get to college. I remembered even when he already got promoted in supervisory level, he's still willing to do manual labor if he deemed it necessary. He also has a lot of friends at work and this is because he didn't forget where he came from. Definitely, he knew how to keep his feet on the ground!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

celebrated our fifth

Yesterday marked our fifth year of marriage. We were glad it fell on a Saturday so we can have some time to celebrate.

Weeks before our anniversary, we actually thought of traveling to my hometown but since the weather is not that great days before our anniversary, we decided to put off traveling. We then agreed to celebrate this important day with our Dipdip at SM. I think celebrating it with our daughter (the fruit of our love) is the best way to celebrate as a form of our renewal of love and commitment to one another.

Initially, we planned on watching a movie with our daughter. It was supposed to be her first movie experience but we can't find any movie that's suitable for her age. Besides, if it's not a Dora or a Barbie show, she's not that attentive yet. Thus, we ended up watching an Art Exhibit at the Art Exhibit Center, buying socks for ourselves (bought 3 pairs for each of us) at the department store, a Snow White book and Barbie puzzle at the Toy Kingdom. And to satisfy our stomach, we went Italian as husband treated us at Sbarro for some pizza and pasta. I did not forget to hold my appetite, though, as I already know the consequences. :-)

I thought our celebration would end after Sbarro but our little girl requested for a carousel ride at World of Fun. She went ecstatic. My little girl is a happy kid but I have never seen her too happy like yesterday. I guess kids aren't really hard to please.

I am really happy that we decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary this way. So happy we have come this far.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

losing weight is difficult!

Some people think that I am comfortable with my weight but they don't really have any idea what I am going through. I've been planning on losing weight for ages but just can't find the means to achieve it. All those negative talks directed towards me that are supposed to motivate me to lose weight simply didn't help at all. Instead, they only add up to my anxiety and stress and has somehow caused me to eat some more - a great alibi for not being able to trim down.

Lately, it is getting more and more difficult for me to lose weight. I remembered I had my chance last year when I was hospitalized because of dehydration due to severe diarrhea. I lost a lot of weight during that time but quickly regained it within two weeks after recovery. I want a healthier body for many reasons. Aside from the fact that I want to look and feel great again, I really don't want to be a burden to my husband and loved ones. I am well aware that being overweight can be a detriment to my health. I know I should strive to keep myself fit especially that hypertension runs in the family. What I thought of doing now is to heed to the advice on eating less carbohydrates and minimizing my snacking habits. A friend of mine also suggested that I should try protein supplements for weight loss but I am not going to take any diet supplements just yet until I am able to exercise regularly and until I am already fully convinced that these supplements will work for me. Speaking of exercise, my husband requested me to sleep early because we're going to jog early in the morning. Time to burn those accumulated fats! I just hope that the alarm clock will do its job in waking us up. :-)

Friday, October 26, 2012

something for our listening pleasure

Happy Friday, everyone! I found another favorite singer in the person of KZ Tandingan, grand winner of X Factor Philippines 2012.

I really like her style of singing - it's like a mixed genre or something - I am not sure how they call that. Definitely, her voice is a delight to my ears. I would say she's really a total performer. I would love for you to listen to her version of the song "For Once in My Life" which I will happily dedicate to my hubby on the occasion of our wedding anniversary tomorrow. Nothing sentimental. :-)

best friday ever

Husband has declared this Friday as his rest day from driving the motorcycle to work. He said we needed to be without the motorcycle today as he wants to do grocery after work. Besides, he finds it stressful to drive because there are a lot of crazy drivers out there who have no regard for others' and their safety. If we only live nearer to the workplace, we wouldn't be riding the motorcycle when coming to work.

We have already agreed last night that we will leave home early because we have to commute to go to work today. Thankfully, we made it to work on time even if we skipped the last ride and just chose to walk our way to the workplace so we can have a few minutes of exercise. We're kind of getting used to this sedentary lifestyle already which is not good. So now, with this motorcycle-less day, I feel like I've done good job for myself. I'm sure husband feels the same way. We haven't had time to do brisk walks ever since we were riding our motorcycle to go to work. So, now I feel recharged. This is the best Friday ever! A few more Fridays like this and I'm on the road to a healthier me.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

my love for music

My ex-workmates used to tease me that I have a thousand voices and that's because I enjoy singing along with the songs played on the radio in my own style and tune. They never complained about my singing, though, as I have already primed them up that I was a choir member when I was in high school. In other words, they have managed to accept that I am musically inclined. Haha!

Speaking of my choir days in high school, I thought I would consider these days as one of the best times of my student life as this have somehow helped build my self-confidence. Being a member of a choir is probably one of the best memories I have of my younger years. Every time we go to church, I would remember the good old times with the group because not only did we perform onstage before, we also sang at our local Catholic church. And would you believe we sang even at funerals for free? Oh, it's not entirely free after all because we get served with snacks after the service. :-) I remembered how our choir professor would spend a few hours each day to teach us some new songs. I could not also forget the keyboard we were using then. Although it was branded, it was not that portable and as slick as the exquisite keyboards that are being introduced and used these days.

Can you recognize me in this picture? :-)

Reminiscing on the times with the choir, I thought it was a wonderful experience to not only have the chance to sing and perform but to also belong to a group. I'm sure my little girl would also want to be a member of a singing group one day because, even at her small age, I would already hear her singing and blending along with today's popular music. Oh, I really think it is a good thing that her mom has a thousand voices. :-)

Monday, October 15, 2012

post-birthday treat, reunion and then some

Another reunion took place on a weekend.

This time, I met up with some of my ex-workmates. Thanks to our friend Jenn who invited us over for her post-birthday treat, we again had the chance to catch up on each other. You see, we were all busy (work, family, lovelife, etc.) that we didn't even think about hanging out for old time's sake. Although there's Facebook, nothing beats having real conversations and seeing friends in the flesh.

To be honest, though, I do have apprehensions about going to reunions like this. Sure, I would love to see them but I knew friends would surely notice how I wasn't able to manage my weight well after entering the motherhood phase. And I was right. One friend didn't think twice about telling me how scared she would be if she had grown to my size after giving birth herself. Ouch! I thought that was a little on the offensive side but, anyway, I thought she only mean well and I was probably getting too sensitive. So, I just pretended not to hear it - the price I had to pay for being plump and overweight. :-)

Anyway, my ever-supportive husband is going to buy me shoes for running soon. I also thought of starving myself. But what to do?  I can't help it - I want to eat when I am hungry or when I'm craving for something. I know I could have done better with my physique or my weight issue after entering my 30s but..... I guess this is something I have to go through - a challenge that is yet to be overcome.

So thankful for the one who took this picture :-)
Overall, I am very happy to see my friends. I only have a few friends and some of them are already missing in action - I do miss them big time but I guess they have decided to move on without keeping in touch.

And the food was great!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

minireunion with classmates in high school

I knew it. This year will not end without reunions taking place. In fact, I just had a mini reunion with two of my classmates back in high school. It was actually a brief meeting with them at Krispy Kreme in SM. There were a lot of things to talk about but we don't own all of our time that day. I brought my little Dipdip with me while husband enjoys his short 'me time' window shopping for a wedding anniversary gift (I wish).


Anyway, it felt great talking to a nun and a property specialist while enjoying the best doughnut in America. So thankful that we get the chance to taste it here as well.

My classmates in high school

Before this year ends, I should be able to meet up with old classmates and friends from my elementary and high school days as well as those I have worked with in the past. It's actually nice to finally have the time to socialize.

Monday, October 8, 2012

a good friend is enjoying her vacation

I promised to devote a separate post about a friend of mine who recently arrived from the U.S. for a vacation. I think, it was about two years ago when Jenn and I last saw each other. At that time, she was still planning on her pregnancy after marrying her husband for the second time here in the Philippines. They had their first wedding in the U.S. and had carefully planned for a Philippine wedding after that. Although we weren't really talking about our wedding plans before,  we were happy about the fact that we share the same wedding date as her very first wedding that was held in the States. Isn't that great?

There are many things that I am thankful for this friend of mine. Aside from being a thoughtful friend that she's always been, I will always be grateful for being one of those partly responsible for leading an officemate (now my husband) to me. Had it not been for her and another officemate's pushing (the 'instrumentals'), I am not sure if my guy would find the courage to court me. :-) Okay, enough of me and hubby. This is supposed to be a post dedicated to Jenn, the owner of My Sweet Haven, who taught me how to make a writing hobby pay off.

Lately, I realized we have other things in common aside from sharing the same wedding date. Here are some of them:

1. We both don't know how to swim.
2. We both have one child (she has a boy. I have a girl, though).
3. We both delivered our first baby via CS.
4. Due to health and other reasons, we are both scared to have another child.
5. We both want to lose weight. I know she has the edge, though, because she now has time to go to the gym.

Here's a picture of us when we met at the mall so she could give her 'pasalubong' (presents) to us.

With Jenn and my daughter

So, there you go. Now, I am convinced I really need to lose weight. Gosh! Haha! Obviously, she successfully found herself a physical coverup and left me in a defenseless state (if you know what I mean). LOL.

Anyway, last Saturday, she celebrated her  birthday here in the Philippines. Belated happy birthday, my good friend. I know I still owe you that leche flan I promised. After all, you need it to regain what you have lost so I can catch up. Just teasing :-)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

here comes October Special!

It's funny how you end up getting too busy to blog lately despite wanting to do so, yet find yourself checking out the link to an old post of a blogger friend during a lunch break, and then find yourself or your alter ego being mentioned in the post (A Tag from Shengkay) you are reading.  This, by the way, showed up on her 'feedjit live' widget of her blog about a week ago.

I originally intended to publish this post before September would have ended; but lo and behold, it is already October! :-)

Thank you brother Jason for this photo :-)

So, after a year of being tagged, here are my quick answers to the questions:

1. Do you think you’re hot?
A lot of people say I am, which is why I am "forced" to think that way. LOL! Seriously, I am! :-)

2. Upload a picture or wallpaper that you’re using at the moment.

3. Talk about the picture.
The little girl in the picture is my daughter. She inspires me to work harder. All weariness goes away when I am with her; and if that's not possible for some reason, I just simply look at her picture.

4. When was the last time you ate chicken meat?
Just last month. Can't remember when exactly it was but it was a 'tinolang manok' - the one cooked with malunggay (horse radish) leaves.

5. The song(s) you listened to recently.
Oppa Gangnam Style -- haha, can't believe this (and the dance steps) keeps playing on my head over and over again, even at work. Last song syndrome, eh?

6. What were you thinking as you were doing this?
I was thinking of how I would make October special without having to spend so much  as this is an important month for me and hubby. Soon it will be 5 years since I've been married to a wonderful person. Isn't that great? #excited mode

7. Do you have nicknames? What are they?
My mom(+) had a nickname for me - Luannie (pronounced as "lu-wa-ni") but no one ever used it to call me.
Meretrisha is the name I would often use online and especially when I don't want to use my real name which is Joanne.
Mashka is a nickname given by a high school friend of mine, Contessa. She got that from one of the characters in the book she was reading at that time. So, this is how I got joannamashka as the domain name but I believe I have a post about that already.
Haha.. information overload? thought you'd like to know..:-)

8. Tag 8 blog owners -
Jenn, Cat, Shiela, Juliet, Brother Mel, Lainy, Jellybelly, Bing 

9. Who is your No.1?
Jenn of My Sweet Haven

10. Say something about No.5.
Brother Mel is a spiritual adviser. A very good person that can help you realize God's greatness and kindness through his blog posts.

11. How did you get to know No.3.
We're officemates, up until right now. I am also godmother to her son.

12. How about No.4?
We're officemates as well. Apart from that, we are also neighbors.

13. Leave a message for No.6.
Hi Lainy. Sorry I have not blog hopped lately but I sure love to read all your blogs/writeups.

14. Leave a lovey dovey message for No.2.
Hi Cat, my friend! We've both been busy these days. I'm just so glad to see your updates on Facebook. Happy to see pictures of you, the family, your escapades and the beautiful pictures you are sharing.

15. Does No.7 and No.8 have any similarities?
No, not really. :-)

16. State 5 things you know about No.1.
An ex-officemate, now a very good friend of mine. She was my mentor when it comes to blogging for extra income. She went home from the U.S. just recently for a vacation. I'll have a separate post about it later on.

17. State the similarity of a goat and cow?
They have milk. Haha! That's the best impromptu answer I can think of.

18. How did you feel when you answer the above question?
I feel like a celebrity being interviewed. Hahaha.. :-)

Thanks for reading. I am glad to have answered all of the questions. :-)

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