A Time To Mourn

"I just want to inform you that our three compatriots have been executed,"...."It is a sad day for all of us. Until the last moment, we did everything we could to save the three.".... These are the lines from Vice President Jejomar Binay which was announced yesterday at around 12 noon over the radios and on the televisions. 

Actually, I'm aware of the issue about
the trio -- Ramon Credo,  Sally Villanueva, and Elizabeth Batain -- who were arrested separately in China in 2008 for smuggling heroin and sentenced to death. It was not a big deal for me until I heard VP Binay speak. His voice is really sad and a bit shaky. I can feel his despair for the souls of our country men. 
Knowing him as Makati's mayor, I am so sure he did everything up to the last minute to spare the lives of the trio. But Chinese government insisted there would be no favours, and that their cases would be dealt according to domestic laws. 
I don't know what exactly to write though honestly the moment I heard that they were executed, my heart was crushed. But, they made a mistake and they have to pay the price, the worst way. :(
We all know that such situation is hard especially to the relatives of the trio but in times like this, Remember that, God cares about us. He draws close to us and comforts us.
We may not prevent being in a situation like this because mourning is a part of life. But when we experience a loss, we need to mourn in order to heal our broken hearts.




What Does It Mean To Forgive?

This video I recently found on a Christian website  shown me the true meaning of forgiveness, which is way far beyond what our brains can think of. So I wanted to share it with you.
I hope it will change your perspective in life the way it changed mine. :)
Happy watching!



Panda Face

Have you seen the movie Kung Fu Panda? That's Right! The animated film starring the funny, enthusiastic, clumsy, overweight Panda named Po (over Jack Black's voice), who dreamed of becoming a kung fu master. And later became a hero. That...is exactly what my brother teased me when he saw me applying this white mask on my face.  
A PANDA. Here are some photo's :)

Brother's Treat

 Last Tuesday, brother had a hard time breathing due to bad flu, so he asked me out for a swim
After doing the 3-hour breast stroke & crawl lap in a crowded pool, we headed home. Tired and exhausted. Thank God, brother heard my crying tummy. So we dropped by at the nearest and cheapest food chain we found along the busy street in Pembo. Sorry, Im having a hard time pronouncing and yuh! remembering its name but as you can see its a noodle with mixture of asado sauce, chili sauce and more. And it taste just OK. Somehow, it survived my hunger. Thank God for that.

Avida Land Corp. Enters Mandaluyong with Avida Towers Centera


Avida Towers Centera is a tribute to the energy 
and thrill of urban existence, as expressed through 
contemporary design with its roof deck lanterns
and all-glass walls.
 Avida Land reached another milestone with the grand launch of its newest condominium offering, Avida Towers Centera, last March 19, 2011 at the MegaTent in Pasig City.

The momentous event, which was titled “Top Form: Avida Towers Centera Grand Launch”, was highlighted by a toast led by top executives from Ayala land and Avida Land, who were joined on stage by officers from project JV partner Philippine National Bank (PNB).

First On Savory


After my bestfriends grad, her sweet and gorgeous mom brought us at Savory for a treat. I am not familiar with its name and the exterior is quite old... reaaally old. Imagine the old days when our grannies went a restaurant for a date?The place is exactly how it looked like after a decade! LOL
But dear, "dont judge a book by its cover". Because their chicken and pancit is sooo delicious we forgot to take pictures of it. 

Alter Space: One Small Step To Save The Planet

One of the many things mom has been teaching us since we were kids is to live an earth-friendly lifestyle. She encouraged us to join environmental organizations, she told us to lessen the use of plastics, which greatly contribute to the decaying of our planet, throw your garbage properly, use organic products, turn off appliances when not really needed, use glass of water when brushing your teeth, recycle gray water to flush the poop, plant trees, and many other stuffs. These small chores, we admit, were sometimes neglected. 
But, as we grow up we realize that doing those small steps played a BIG ROLE on saving our mother earth.
I just wanna share you a short video on how our small steps can help save our planet. 

Alter Space: Newest FB Game To Save The Planet

DEFROST THE FRIDGE REGULARLY –  That’s a tip from Alter Space.
 Playing the game generates Earth-friendly tips that save energy
and reduce carbon emissions. 
I am not actually into online games for the reason that for me, they just consume the remaining time I have on earth. Then, I was given a chance to peek at this NEW FILIPINO-DEVELOPED Facebook game: ALTER SPACE. Developed by AboitizPower, the game is to educate gamers on Carbon Footprint Reduction. A fun way for gamers to learn practical tips on Earth-friendly lifestyle.
                                            
Alter Space keeps up-to-date with environmental and Earth-friendly projects. One of these is Earth Hour, a global event that calls on people around the world to shut down all non-essential lights and appliances on the last Saturday of March, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, according to their local time. In support to earth-hour, Alter Space has introduced a new mini-game called “Switch Chaser”. where the gamer’s avatar is required to switch off whatever appliance has been left on in his or her virtual home. The gamer has two minutes to move around the house, using the PC arrow keys, and turn off an appliance. The gamer needs to press the space bar once the avatar is beside an appliance to turn it off. The gamer must turn off as many appliances as possible within two minutes.   

Avida Towers Centera soon to rise in EDSA-Mandaluyong


Avida Land Corporation breaks another ground with its latest development: Avida Towers Centera. This 4-tower condominium will soon to rise,near the busy Ortigas area, in Mandaluyong City.
According to Avida Head of Residential Buildings Dez Cruz, “Living in a convenient urban location is of prime importance for many young urban professionals.  Centera’s location brings them close to their places of work, schools, churches and hospitals. It is also near main roads and accessible through public transportation along Edsa,”.

 Night Shot
A contemporary design with its roof 
deck lanterns and all-glass walls.
The soon-to-rise development is Avida’s entry to the “Golden Triangle” of the Makati, Manila, and Quezon areas.  It is to be found at the center of everything a dynamic urbanite could wish for—lifestyle areas, dining strips, schools, offices, and businesses.
Avida Towers Centera sits on a 1.25 hectares of land near Manila and Pasig. It is bordered to the northeast by Quezon City; to the south by Makati and to the northwest by San Juan.

Earth Hour 2011





March 23, 2011- I . together with my mom and his workmates, decided to witness the historical celebration of worldwide's Earth Hour  at the Ayala Makati. For me, it was great, knowing that a lot of people supported the event. Here are some of the phots taken via my nearly depleting battery jurassic sony cybershot. :) Enjoy!

Meet My Adventure Partner

My Adventure Partner is a very strong and courageous woman. Yes! You'll feel so safe with her because, she got what it takes to be a super heroine; a strong will to save lives of not only human race but also those who belong to the non living. But despite the fact that she's got a strong muscles to save the planet, she also has this deceitful charm that makes her the Ms. Congeniality. Truly, this woman is a WOW!
And now, let me introduce you, my teacher, my bestfriend, my buddy, my comforter, my funny chubby gal, my encourager and definitely my adventure partner; no other than my beautiful and strong MOM!
When I was a kid, I said to myself, "I wanna be like her"! A Rescuer!A Mountaineer!A Great Swimmer... I really wanted to save lives! And, I wanna be strong like her. So I joined scouting and she's very supportive with me. She's the one who shown me basic backpacking, she prepared my things and she taught me the things I needed to know. And, she let me join trainings of basic swimming, bomb threat management, camp management and even search and rescue training.Those were very nerve wracking courses and there were times that I'm almost giving up, but she keeps on challenging and motivating  me. Take note, she's always with me on my training!But not as a stage mom. She only wanted to make sure that I'm safe and I got everything I need. And I love her so much that way.
But you know what's the most noble thing about her as a buddy? She's very protective, even if it costs her own life. A true character of a great adventure partner.


*** An official entry to Wanderlass Adventure Partner Contest***

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March J@M: It's Time!

"...That this is a war
So pick your side
It’s time to move
Not time to hide
Don't let lies
Make up your mind
Cause can't you see
Were running out of time."

I remember these lines from a song entitled, "Running out of time" by Barlow girls. It has been an encouragement to me being a Christian to run the  race with perseverance and make the right CHOICEs before it's too late.
Time is running out: "  .... behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." II Cor.6:2
Join us (Jive Youth)as we worship the Rock!

 

WHO:  Everyone is invited

WHAT: Jive@Month-end (J@M)

WHEN: March 26, 2011(Saturday), 3:00pm

WHERE: GPDPNHS (General Pio DelPilar High School)

For details, visit:http://www.jiveyouth.com/ or leave a comment here! We'd love to see you there! :)

Hand Paint for Jesus


One sunday evening, Ate Lady (one of my soul sisters) had me painted on the hand. It was actually my idea of putting her artwork on my hand because I felt her great desire to show me her works and ideas, so I said,"Ok, then draw it on my hand" then, it happened.
These drawings basically show her love for her Savior Jesus and her will to glorify the King of kings.
That is actually what I admire the most about her aside from being fashionable. :)
And lately, she sent me a message confirming that she would be glad to see my reviews on her artworks in one condition; I must clearly state that her works are for God's glory alone not of selfish desire. WOW! That is truly amazing and I'm sure God and the angels above are so proud of you Ate Laids.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.-1 Corinthians 10:31

A Taste Of Dolor's Kakanin

Everytime we held our JIVE Youth month-end meeting, our pastor (pastor Jeff) would generously bring us a simple treat that we could eat together. And, last month, he brought us sapin-sapin from Dolor's Kakanin. It has a very simple presentation on the outside but on the inside it was a WOW! 
Sapin-sapin is composed of  ube halaya, malagkit, and other colorful kakanin that are suitable pasalubong
The taste was really great. Not the usual kakanin we buy on the corner of the street 'cause it has the perfect texture and that creamy taste you would surely crave for another. Here are some of the photos taken:

Do I Still Need A Diary?

These are my diaries since 2005 up to now. I know! that is how I value every single moment of my existence, including my crushes,those struggles I've been through, lessons I learned, my feelings for each day, even those funny nonsense events...all of them are noted! 
I really wanted to keep those memories as long as I live and I wanna share em to my future family. Also, I write em down cuz, as they all know me, I am a very forgetful person. So, when I wanted to go back to my old days, I read them. Sometimes, I find myself laughing and sometimes shedding in tears. :) But that was cool and I am so amazed how God mold me into a better shape. I know, I'm still a work in progress. And though I may not continue recording all those events, I believe God had a big record of all the things were doing here whether good or bad.

Avida's 3D Street Painting Festival


Yesterday, Avida Land Corp. launched Avida Towers Centera; one of their newest 4-tower Ayala development that features great ammenities for a truly unique in-city living experience . Part of their promotion was the first ever 3D Street Painting Festival held at EDSA Cor. Reliance St. in Mandaluyong organized by Chris Cahilig Consultancy. And we were so blessed to be given the chance to be part of their big event and witness the masterpiece of great Filipino artists.

Miscellaneous Me is turning 1 this April

Miscellaneous Me is celebrating its 1st year this April and I got very excited when I saw their giveaway accessories.
Here are the accessories from Miranda Miranda, which I think would fit beautifully on my my sunday dress. :) All of them are really alluring but Nymph necklace captured my heart most. :)


      

Overwhelmed Me

Today, God blessed me with superb surprises. One is being invited in an event for Avida Centera Towers - 3D Street Painting Competition and (taa-daaam!) being tagged by a blogger friend Tabulyogang. That, I feel very overwhelmed. So without further a do. Here's what I was tasked to do :) A series of questions I must fill out.
1.  If you have pets, do you see them as merely animals, or are they members of your family?
Well that! depends. Cuz my brother's got a bunch of pet. A pair of turtle, family of black capped rats, pair of fighting fish, oh! name it though, they are plainly animals for me. But the one who captured my heart most is our baby dog; Noggy the dobberman. I know favoritism isnt good but he was my fave. He used to sleep on my lap like a real baby. And we bought him a lot of stuffs. Too bad, we have to let him go because we cant control him anymore. OK. next...

Help Save Japan!

Help Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Victims
"The devastation in Japan is simply horrific. The death toll is rising by the hour. Tens of thousands remain missing, more than 450,000 people have been displaced, and millions lack access to food, water, electricity, and medicine."

I was strucked by the pictures I'v seen on the internet about what happened in Japan. They were aweful, frightening, terrifying and very alarming. The bad news is; Japan's situation is getting worst. Their economy is at risk. 
And, right now, a lot of Japanese victims are in tremendous pain; weeping, praying, asking for our help. They are greatly in need of restoration.  And, we can do something. You may not be there to rescue them but your small help can console the victims of tsunami and quake.
By registering a post at PostNjoy, $2 donations will be given for disaster relief. I did my part. Grab yours! Register now!Help Save Japan!

My Brother Is Not A Pig!

My baby brother is one of my source of happiness. Actually he's no longer a baby. But he's the youngest. And, he loved acting like a baby especially when mama gets home with lots of groceries. Or, when he's done with his plate but still hungry, so he'll act like a poor lil kitten (like puss in boot) starving for food. I dont know what's in his tummy, he's always hungry even though he had eaten a lot. But it's cute and funny. 
One thing I admire him is, he's goal oriented and a brilliant film maker. he'll do anything in the name of film making. Also, he's stubborn. When he wants something, he is dedicated to get it. Like the brownies in my pocket. One time, I resisted so he wont get it, but he was so strong. And, before I knew it, it's already in his big mouth. hahahay! But it's ok, its just my  fave brownie. Though sometimes he's the one who started the fight, still I love him veeery much. :) 

Seminar on Bomb Threat Management

"Every morning I scan the pages of the news paper after breakfast, I see the wicked world all over its pages full of greed, immorality,crime and violence, conflict, murder, nudity, name it. The news had them all..."
I remember this article written by our english teacher Ms. Eden Gomez. I already have forgotten the title and yet, some lines are still in my memory. This shows that the days are getting evil. Wicked things happen around the corner. Disaster strikes in and great countries fall. We may not stop these things from occuring but we can do something to prevent it from happening. In short, we must all be prepared in a tragedy like what happened in Japan.

Mom With Her New Wheels

Mom got a new wheels! A second hand bicycle from the prestigious Ukay store nearby. Now, another duty was given to her. Aside from supervising her c3 kids, making decisions, training them, checking the garden and yes, going to the helepad to give a test drive to her new pet. It's name? I have no idea! But I got so excited when I  first saw it on the facebook. And I badly wanted to try it. I wanted to know how does it feel to drive a bic on top of a building.

Meet and Greet with Thai Friends


  

Meet our friend: Manus. He's a guy from Thailand though his feature is so Pinoy. He loves to travel around the globe to introduce his business. :) Actually, Ate Jho introduce him to mom and mom to us. Then we met.
He invited us to PICC to attend a seminar about his buz and we were very enthusiastic about it, because it's FREE! Duh! Who doesnt want a free seminar? :) So, on the way to PICC, we ride on a tricycle. The funny thing about it is, it's his first time. And, he doesnt know how to ride one. You know how he did it? He rode the same way as the driver did. And yes! A lot of people are staring at him. Swear, everytime we remember that, oh! we cant help but laugh in tears. :') But he is such a good guy. Very friendly and hardworking. Just like mom.

Wish Granted


Mama said,"Penge, takaw!" while I was 
enjoying my pizza from Shakeys
Mom granted my wish of having a pizza for lunch!That was after I heard her say, "Anak I'm pulling you out of the training". In Filipino it's what we called "pampalubag loob". Well what can I say? She is definitely...without a doubt my mom! She knows how to exactly calm me down. And though I am not joining the training, I am honestly happy with that. That's life. You have to accept things or else you'll get drowned in tears and regrets your whole life.Just a waste of time. So keep moving. Surely, God had better ideas.

Being Passionate

Passion is something you strongly love doing. It gives you the feeling of enthusiasm.When you're passionate about something, you dont get tired of it. Some says its the same feeling of being in love. In love with an entity, an idea or just something you believe in. It stirs up our emotions whether joy, pain, sorrow or envy. It awakens our soul. It give us the reason to exist. 
 
One thing I'm passionate about, aside from singing and painting, is being in the water

Shen's Addiction 3rd Anniversary Giveaway Contest


Today, I joined  Shen's Addiction 3rd Anniversary Giveaway Contest. And, I'm taking my chances of winning one of the prizes from brands like ....
Pond's, Bobbi Brown, Avon,  Kiehl's, Ellana, The Body Shop, Kerastase, Neautrogena, House of Obagi, Revlon, Sakura Bella, One Naturales, Clinelle, Maybelline, L'oreal Paris, L'oreal Professionel, Myra and more...

When Mama said, "I'm pulling you out"

Yesterday I, together with my co trainees (Makati), talked to mama about what happened to the meeting last Thursday. We told her about the accomodation fee, the transpo., the unsure chopper,and the other expenses (which is way too much). Then, she got disappointed and decided to pull us out of the training. At first, I dont know how to feel, but my reactions are "OK, whatever mama said, I'm good with that." But deep inside...my dreams of riding a helicopter, being a certified rescuer, swimming an extra mile, rapelling down the chopper...boom! crashed down like a shattered glass.
After a couple of minutes of being self centered, I realized that it wasnt a big deal at all. Mom can give us a training same as that. She can teach us those rescue techniques. And, she's a certified trainor, so no worries! After all, every training and muscle pain we've gone through our practices, were all worth it. I know, mom's reasons of pulling us out was very acceptable. We might have use our training fee in the more important things. Besides, my dreams wont stop there.
I was really sad about it. But, I know Mama knows best. And, God had better plans towards fulfilling my dreams.

Live, Love, Laugh! :)

Finally Got My Passport


After a month of waiting, finally, my passport got into our doorstep. However, I was in mom's workplace that time when my brother send me the good news. So I told my mom, hurried home and rushed into touching it.
Actually, my passport experience was not that bad compared to others who waited in line till evening until they were processed. When I applied for it, standing on the set an appointment (just follow the instructions given in that link). After you click the Start Individual Appointment Process, you have to fill out the form, then click submit.Just do what the instruction tells you and at the last part you will be asked when (date & time) are you available to process your passport. Also, they will give you the requirements in application (like 2 valid ID's, money, etc.) Mine costs 950 for passport and 120 for delivery. Plus you got to bring extra money for your transportation and snacks (1500php will do,depending on your location). So that wraps it up. Oh! before I forget, thanks to my mom for lending enough money for my application. (will pay you later) :) hehe
line just took 30 minutes perhaps and the other procedures went 1.5 hours (that includes a little interview, ID picture and if you want it delivered you gotta pay 120 pesos), not bad. Thank God I got my sister with me and a TV infront of where we're sitting. So, to give you a preview (if youre planning to get a passport) here's what you have to undergo.
First,


Godbless and Happy Trip!

Mom's A Pro!

Yesterday: swimming a thousand+ meters. Today, running and running and running till we drop, plus going up and down 24 floors. Oh!I swear, Its killing me. Thank God, now, my muscles are getting used it. 
I remember after the qualifying exam for SAR Training; moving just a bit is a total struggle. 
But mom? She's a pro! She accompanies me to my daily training without complaining.
She's also my number 1 (and only) trainor especially when it comes to swimming. You must see her moves once she's

Her Way To Kill Boredom

Yesterday, I was infront of the computer when mom asked me to look at her stuffs. I was shocked to see her with the many many things like a small coin bank fire extinguisher, a collection of comic book, a hot and cold thing you put on your belly ( I dont know what you call it), flute, sunflower, lots of bags, jewelries and a bunch of many to mention things. I cant believe she had those things in her office. And FYI, most of them are gifts. WOW!She's really that friendly huh?
Aside from going to her garden, talking to her green friends, ukay-ukay hoping, watching

Mom Did My Haircut

Last Saturday, mom's original plan was to trim her plants. But due to her mood swing, she changed her subject. And guess who became her VICTIM? Yes! Unfortunately, it has to be me. So that day, I became her poor innocent toy who's defense is nothing against her sharp and deadly scissors. :) Here, witness the evidences.

Mom's Got A Greenthumb!


Everyone knows my mom as someone who has a greenthumb. Yes!By Wikipedia's definition, she is able  to get plants to grow well just by being around, by talking or even playing music.
During mom's past time, you know where to find her. Exactly! (all together now) out to the garden!!! Together with her pail, watering her tarragon tea, cactus, mint tea and more other unrecognizable plants and talking to them (as if they understand each other).LOL
Well, I tried doing what she's doing but

A New Backpack from Mom

I got so excited camping and was actually looking for a backpak, when mom handed me a new black backpack. Good thing it's black, so when I go out for camp or some outdoor adventures no problem of getting messy. It has many pockets which I love the most so I can put lots of things or pasalubong perhaps without worrying it might explode.LOL. It seem a bit used but swear!my mom ...is a goooood steward of her stuffs, so it doesnt look that old. It's built? Hmnn not so big not too small for my size. You can use it for 3-5 days if your going for a trip unless you are a Kikay (that means too girly) type of person. I actually got the pictures,

Saving One's Life

A while ago, mom and I together with our friend Ate Jen had our lunch at ChicBoy (short for Chicken and Baboy). Good thing ChicBoy offers unlimited rice (for only 99php) and bottomless iced tea (25 php) so we could chat for a long period of time. 3 cups of rice, I'm done. So far, the conversation was going well. 

Makati Fire Prevention Month

You see, in this picture, two ladies holding the fire hose nozzle like they're having fun doing car wash or watering the plants perhaps. LOL! First glance, it seems easy to looked at, but when I asked my mom (who is on the back of the lady holding the nozzle), she told me it is reeeeally hard to control over the hose. She said that the water pressure is far stronger that I imagined. :) whew!
By the way, Fire Hose Nozzle, which is used by the firefighters to combat fire, is made out of stainless steel encased in thick rubber.It has rubber gasket used to prevent leaking. The outer rubber rings absorb impact and

Camper At Heart

Have you ever tried going out for a camp without your parents beside you? Do you know how to make a fire without the help of a match or a lighter perhaps? Can you stand a day without watching your favorite tv shows? If yes, well, Congratulations! You are a certified