Saturday, December 31, 2005

Aspiration List

Okay, I know last year, I was able to do most of my list so this year, let me also create a list. Maybe it can motivate me to do more things this 2006.

  1. Still read books for leisure

  2. Remember that my younger sister is no longer a baby

  3. Be more organized, organized, organized!

  4. Be more punctual!

  5. Stick to my thrice a week 20-lap swimming, once a week 30 min jog and thrice a week crunches

  6. Earn PhD units

  7. Publish a paper

  8. ERCIM tie up

  9. Make classes informative but exciting and fun

  10. Propose an improved Computer Literacy Program as Pagkamulat Coordinator

  11. Be responsive to calamity victims

  12. Encourage more faculty involvement in Pagkamulat

  13. Be a good Practicum coordinator

  14. Complain less :)

  15. Less topaks for my boyfriend to worry about

  16. Continue to be an active lector

  17. Become a better badminton player

  18. Join a fun run

  19. Skate again

  20. Sing more

  21. Read more, learn more

Cheers for 2005


AS I look back to the year that was, I cannot help but smile. I feel my heart become warm as I rethink the memories 2005 has given me. I can vaguely recall what I was thinking of last year but what I am sure of is that I was unprepared of what the year was to bring forth in my life.

Little did I know last year at around the same time, that I will be meeting the man of my dreams more than a month after 2005 began. I did not know that I would finally finish my dreaded masteral thesis a few months later. It was in this year I am about to bid farewell to that I experienced my major car accident when my tire exploded. More emcee jobs also came my way this year. I think it was also this year that I tried out for a newscasting job. Amazing how quickly time flies.

As I begin a brand new year, another blank canvas is before me. I have my palette of emotions, people and experiences that I will be crafting my masterpiece with. I am hopeful that this obra will be good enough to be pleasing to Him.

A short prayer

I am grateful to the Almighty for the year 2005. Thanks Lord for keeping my family safe and all my loved ones. I thank you for all the blessings You have so generously bestowed upon us. I lift up to You 2005 as an offering Lord. All of the accomplishments Lord I offer up to You as an offering may they be acceptable.Lord, I pray that 2006 will be Your year. May there be peace Lord. I also lift up to You those who were victims of calamities this 2005. I pray Lord for those who perished, grant them eternal rest Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. I also pray for the families of those who passed away, please give them the strength to face everyday.

2005 List of Aspirations

I just discovered in my diary that I had a list of aspirations for the year 2005. This was mainly inspired by The Sims 2, the game I was so addicted to last year.

  1. Finish thesis

  2. After a grueling time, I made it and finally finished my thesis and earned my MSCS degree.
  3. Go back to the 12-lap routine

  4. I used to do a 36-lap routine and then went to a 12 lap routine after I stopped for a year and this year I began with a 12-lap routine but starting March, I went to a contant 20-lap routine. I think I'm sticking with 20.
  5. Dance

  6. Occasionally I dance.
  7. Rollerblade

  8. I was not able to do this but am planning to do so tomorrow... If I wake up early. I can't find a nice venue!
  9. Try out for YSpeak

  10. Never got to do this because I had class during auditions but I did try out for RPN 9's newscasting.
  11. Try out for Repertory

  12. Never got to do this... Not ballsy enough yet.
  13. Apply for another job

  14. Nooneenoo...
  15. Teach well

  16. I hope I was able to do this.
  17. Undergo IVLE Training

  18. I'm not sure if I am still interested. :)
  19. Still be an active lector

  20. Very active still. I love being a lector and an occasional commentator.
  21. Be a more active Caring Circle attendee

  22. I was active at the beginning of the year but after the accident, I don't get to drive a lot anymore and besides, most of the time my brother's car is in the condo and I do not want to drive his car. It's hard to go to Caring Circles if you don't have a car.
  23. Still be an LSCS adviser

  24. I still am though it was not really up to me but to the officers of LSCS.
  25. Be more organized

  26. I swear I tried for the first few months of the year but it is so difficult to be organized when everyone you share the same space with is disorganized. It's hard to go back to your old ways.
  27. Read books for leisure

  28. I have gotten back to reading this year I was able to read a few books:

    • Taming of the Shrew by William Shaespeare

    • Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

    • The Little Prince (yet again!) by Antoine de Sainte Exupery

    • Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

    • The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks

    • 99 Reasons for Being by Clare Dudman

    • White Oleander by Janet Fitch

  29. Read the bible

  30. I have my Didache and I try to read the bible as much as I can though I think I read the Bible more in 2004.
  31. Be nice

  32. I try...
  33. Don't crack under pressure

  34. Thanks a lot to my boyfriend for helping me cope with all the pressure 2005 brought!
  35. Change oil the RAV4

  36. Partly it was 'cause of the accident that I got the oil changed. Technically, it was my mom who had it done for me. *sheepish grin*
  37. Send papa an email regularly

  38. I think our correspondence is going very well.
  39. Buy your own digital camera

  40. I did not have to do this anymore since my mom bought me a Nokia 6630, it's a digital camera and a phone in one. Though I still plan to buy a digital camera in the future... Maybe a canon 20D? My boyfriend is supposed to give me lessons in photography! :)

This year... I can see how the list effectively motivated me to do things last 2005 so I might construct another list. Let me think about it first though.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Break Me, Shake Me

Breaking Ice

As I have said in my previous post, I have been spending a lot of time with my youngest sibling. She can be such a great company but she can also be difficult at times. Well, that was before, these days, she's just a darling to hang out with. I love her!

We have been raiding malls the past few days. We bought our gifts together. We even attended a toy convention together where she dressed up as Edward Elrich of Full Metal Alchemist and I dressed up as the Tomb Raider hehe... Really embarassing but it was kinda fun too. The horrible part is that my students saw me! Darn it! I hope she had as much fun as I did!

Breaking Laws

Going home from the convention, I evaded a traffic enforcer. He was asking me to pull over because I swerved. I hate driving in Ortigas! I had to swerve because I was in the third lane and I had to go to the second lane from the right. The first two lanes from the right are yellow lanes reserved for the buses and I should have swerved so I could U-turn. I was two meters from the fence when I swerved to the right and that was when an MMDA officer tried to make me stop. He exhausted his means to the point that he was really using his arm and body to stop me. I did not stop. I know. I am soh evil. I am really sorry but if they had enough signs there it would not happen. My brother also got apprehended in that same spot for occupying the yellow lane. I hate it that their solution to the problem is to have people guard the fence, when street signs can actuall do the trick. The fence by the way is not reflectorized and there are no signs prior to the fence. That fence can prove to be fatal one of these days. Maybe I should write someone a letter or maybe I could send a letter to the editor about this. I have had a classmate who died due to a car crash in EDSA. He crashed into a maldesigned flyover. He was a very promising, intelligent and terribly nice gentleman.

Breaking Colonial Mentality

Last night I saw Ako Legal Wife Mano Po 4? with my boyfriend. I am not ashamed to say that I enjoyed the film. It was really funny. There were certain parts of the film that made me reflect at how unfair the world sometimes is to women but most parts of it, I enjoyed because scenes were funny. I guess, a part of me was affected because I have always been sensitive to issues concerning women and their rights. The movie, though it banked on immorality, somehow resolved the issues in the end. Don't forget to bring an open mind.

To Let A Pigeon Fly

My 14 year old sister and I have been spending so much time together! She's the youngest in the family and so I have the tendency to treat her as though she were a helpless baby. I have come to the realization that she is becoming a woman and thus should be geared to be so. I cannot stop time and as I am but a mere mortal I have no choice but to yield and to come to my senses. She is a young woman. She can be trusted to do certain things on her own.

I have already taught her how to commute using public transportation going to St. Paul and Megamall. I have taken her to Southmall also in a bus. We have gone to Ayala by taking the LRT and the MRT. I have taught her how to iron a shirt. She can now have food delivered on her own and there are times when I can leave her alone in the condo. It is about time she learn to do things on her own.

I am the eldest, as such, my mom relied on me a lot. She expected me to grow up quickly. At the age of 12, I was able to go home from Saudi to the Philippines with my 8 year old brother in tow and a giant balikbayan box. From the NAIA, was able to manage to get a taxi to bring us to our house. In the house, we only had our maid and I was in charge of withdrawing money from the bank. I learned how to drive at the age of 11. I started driving to school at the age of 15. I started ironing my clothes at the age of 13. I started to take public transportation at the age of 13. What I do not understand though is why it is so difficult for me and for my mom to let my sister be more self-reliant. In the process, we deprive her of the lessons only experience can teach her.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Confessions of a Shopaholic

My Shopping Spree

Not really a shopaholic but I couldn't resist the drama of it.

Last Wednesday, my sister and I went to St. Paul to get the coat that she forgot. It's her costume for her cosplay event. After which, we went to Megamall. I did not have my license with me as it is in my RAV4 that is in Cavite so I could not bring my brother's RAV4. We had to ride the bus and then transfer to MRT. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the people there. We were literally just breathing on each other's necks... smelly, perspiring necks! It was a mob! After a few minutes, we got into the MRT train, fortunately, we were able to grab some seats because by the time we got to the Ayala station, it was crammed. Crammed, packed, no word can describe it! If we were all standing, our noses will already be sticking on the windows because, we were that jampacked!!!

We got to Megamall finally, getting out of the train was quite the challenge!

I got to buy a lot of clothes! My sister got to buy some stuff of her own too though she was unable to find Advent Children OST. I also met there the secretary of my father. He gave me the stuff my Papa sent us and then we gave him the polo that we bought for our Papa. We got him a size 44 Lacoste and we later found out, he's a size 41 so we have to return the polo.

We left the mall at 1030pm I think. Lo and behold, outside the mall, there was a throng of people waiting to get a taxi. I was left with no choice... I had to call my knight in shining armor. I was embarassed and all but at the time, it was my only hope what with all the shopping bags that I had with me plus my sister that I had to care for. Valiant as he is, he graciously agreed to pick us up and he did. He was simply amazing! I knew he was hungry and yet he picked us up. I love this man soh much!!!

I was unable to get him a gift as I do not know what his size was.

His Christmas Shopping
The following day, I accompanied him to buy gifts for the reunion this Christmas and for his family members! I had fun finding the clothes for the girls in his family! I love him soh much for trusting me in picking things out for him! Of course, these are all subject to his approval!

After shopping we went to see King Kong.

I felt bad that I had to interrupt our shopping by having to go back to La Salle to enroll... It was most annoying but I was left with no choice. The changes were so sudden that no one knew about it. Sometimes the registrar's office is so difficult to understand.

That day was so fun!

When he took me home, he surprised me with his gift!

I was caught by surprise because I thought he did not have a gift for me yet, which was okay because I had no gift for him yet either. I had no time to buy it yet. I wanted to buy it with him because I wanted his exact size.

My Christmas Shopping
I wanted to surprise him and so before he went to La Union, I wanted to give him a gift. So with my sister in tow (She wanted to come along to look for the Advent Children OST yet again) I went to Southmall. I bought him long sleeves from Arrow and a Parker pen. I wanted to engrave it with my name so they know he's taken at Headstrong haha :)) but that would be soh freaky! :D

He met us there and insisted that he take us home because riding the bus would be difficult already. I knew I should not have taken the ride but how can I pass up on a chance to spend more time with this guy before he leaves for La Union for three long days? After he gets back, he will be very busy too because of the turnover... I will miss him but that's okay... Knowing I have him in my life is more than enough!

I love you baby!!!

The Gift

Last Thrusday after watching King Kong, he drove me to the unit, and then while at the door, asked for a glass of water. I turned my back and got him some water. He drank the water, thanked me and prepared to leave. My eye caught a glance of a gift wrapped in a fancy paper with fancy ribbons. I wondered for a while who my brother was giving the gift to.

I turned to find my keys to the door and also to check if my boyfriend has left anything behind. The minute I turned to face him again, the gift was right before me! It was actually for me!

It came with a little card that says,

My everdearest baby,

It's so nice to spend the holidays today knowing that it wouldn't be so cold and lonely as before, knowing that I have you in my life.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

I cried.

He says maybe it was just an after effect of King Kong, but I know in my heart that I cried because it touched me deeply that my presence in his life makes a difference.

For three days, I have been dying to know what is inside the box. There are times when it looks like a mug. My younger sister, went to great lenths as to measure the box against a mug. I had so much fun looking forward to what the gift's content was. He instructed me to wait 'til the clock strikes 12 on the 25th.

And so the clock finally struck 12.

I opened the gift, slowly, relishing the fact that I am finally opening the mystery gift that has so intrigued my mother and sister they have wanted to rip the wrapper open themselves.

I finally opened it.

DKNY... I didn't know DKNY made mugs hehe...

The box revealed a white box and the white box then revealed a silver watch. Darn! I should have taken a picture of the wrapped gift. That escaped me again!!!

The silver watch has long been something that I have been wanting to get since he gave me my silver ring because my Gucci gold watch does not match the ring. I have not gotten around to buying one because for one, the watches are expensive he he... Glad he gave me one because his taste is impeccable.

Thank you baby for the watch. Thanks for bothering to adjust the time for me. Thank you for taking forever to think of what gift to give me. But most of all, thank you for being you. Thank you for the gift of yourself to me. Thank you for sharing your dreams, frustrations, hopes, dreams, victories and so much more to me.

I look forward to more Christmases with you in my life.

I love you!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Night Before Christmas

It's almost Christmas Eve and though I am not in La Union with my beau, I cannot help but smile to myself. I was invited to go there several times and that is enough to warm my heart. Of course a part of me wishes I could be with him physically, but it's enough to have him in my life. He is my early Christmas present. In fact, yesterday, marks the first year after my friend's mom mentioned his name to me and told me what a wonderful man he is and that we would probably click if we were introduced to one another. It marks the day when he texted me, I never texted back adnd that was the end of it. Until after two months when we were introduced in February through a Yahoo Messenger conference. The rest is love story.

After he came into my life, everyday has been filled with surprises, everyday has become a crisp Christmas morn and it is everyday that I feel like a bright-eyed child receiving a Christmas present.

To the Eternal Gift Giver, I am forever grateful.

King Kong-quering the Screens

My beau and I saw King Kong last Thursday and I thought it was going to be some cheesy flick but Peter Jackson surprised me by how he presented the story. I liked how he would plug in metaphor every now and then to spice things up a little.

The movie has presented a timeless irony of how a man can be the monster and how a monster can be more humane. The film presented the best and the worst in the complicated workings of the human brain. The movie portrayed risks as opportunities for growth. I can't help but agree, I have always been a fan of pushing the envelope farther everytime. It allows struggle but growth in the process. I think it was my father that imparted me that lesson.

King Kong is a great flick, if you have the time, see it. It's not a disappointment from the Lord of the Rings director. Of course, I could not help but hear the background of LOTR in teh background... tan tan tan tananan tananan tananan tananan... Sorry could not help but indulge. :)

Friday, December 16, 2005

On the First Day of Simbang Gabi

Simbang Gabi is a Filipino tradition that began when the Spaniards conquered the archipelago to encourage Filipinos to hear mass. Though it has been in the Philippines for centuries now, I only began hearing masses at dawn last year. I was lacking three masses last year I think, and this year, I want to be able to complete it.

I was the first reader of the first simbang gabi this year at DLSU. I had to wake up at half past four in the morning. Lucky me, I live nearby. It will be harder next week though, when there will no longer be a simbang gabi at DLSU and I will have to catch the half past four mass at San Isidro. Oh my. I really do hope my will power is stronger than my urge to sleep!

Last year, I did not make a wish... I was not able to complete the nine masses at dawn but nonetheless, the Lord gave me a gift. Theoretically, I got the gift on December 23, but it technically arrived around late February of last year... February 26 to be exact. I am glad I got the gift I did not ask for but it was what I wanted and needed. Why did I not ask for it? Because everytime I do... I never really get it. I get some imitation, never good enough to equal or even rival the authentic. This year, I did not ask for it anymore, but I got it anyway. This time, I believe, it's the authentic one. The one that is really for me. The one I never thought would come my way in this lifetime. I love this gift and shall cherish it all my life.


I have a pending date later tonight! Yuppeee!!! I miss my baby soh much! He is soh busy these days what with the turnover documents that he has to furnish...

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Beyond a Merry Christmas Party

Last night I attended yet another Christmas party but by far, last night was the most fun party I have been to.

There was great food cooked by the mom of my boyfriend's boss.

There were games and thus, roaring laughter.

There were bloopers, unthinkable and wacky enough it can qualify for the Funniest Videos finals.

There were song numbers and disturbing dance numbers!

There were tears also since my boyfriend's boss, my boyfriend and our common friend are leaving the company this month. This is such a great loss for their team. Only one person will shoulder everything that will be left. I pray that he'll be able to overcome these challenges.

The best moment for me though was when the mic was passed on to my baby and he started singing...

You give me hope
The strength the will to keep on

And when he got to the chorus part his boss handed him a flower vase with yellow flowers. He then started to walk my way...

It's your smile
Your face your lips that I miss

He knelt on one knee as he sang and handed me the vase. It cracked everyone up! It cracked me up but more than that, I was blushing and my stomach started flipping... I was ecstatic and shocked out of my wits because I never thought he could do something like that in front of soh many people. I was so glad he's in my life. I don't think anyone has ever done to me something as sweet and as cute as that.

I love you baby in spite and despite of my tililings!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Sleepless and Unsettled

It's 4 in the morning.

Woke up at 3 and I have been staring at the ceiling since then.

Wondering and asking if my heart has lied once more. Has my heart played a trick on me? Or is it my head fooling me?

Stop pulling on my heartstrings as though it were to be tugged on whenever you please. As all parts of the human anatomy, it is subject to evolution. In time it gets calloused, rough and unfeeling. Often times, it decides on its own without consultation without hesitation.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Two Weddings and a Party

Last Christmas, December 23, 2004 to be exact, I attended a wedding of a friend. I did not have a boyfriend then and I really was not looking for one. I was just contented with the kind of life I led. I was not closing my door to the possibility that one day true love may knock but I was not waiting by the window for my prince either. Let's just say, I was happily single.

I was.

And then I caught the bouquet... Not really caught it. I picked it up because the throw was not very successful but the mom of the bride insisted that picking it up is the same as catching it. They say that if you catch the bouquet you're next in line to tie the knot. Sure, I did not even have a boyfriend. All my other friends were happily attached at that time by the way.

On the way home, the mom of my friend mentioned a name of a guy. She wanted to introduce us. I looked outside the window of the moving car, beyond the horizon was a glint of hope. Who knows... he can be the one. My quiet contemplation was interrupted by my friend driving the car, "He's leaving for the States two days from now.". Talk about bursting my bubble.

This Saturday, I spent the entire day with that guy whose name is now carved deeply in my heart. Things happened the way it would in a movie. I don't know how, but I guess the best director of all time should never be questioned. He is simply amazing. He made things possible for us and now we're together 24/7 under the sun. Haha! I know I'm beginning to sound like the TelCo commercials. :)

Last December 10, I attended yet another wedding. I ddi not catch the bouquet, but this time I have a boyfriend. A perfect one at that. I also had my friend with me, the one who was used to lead me to the man of my dreams. I am glad that I was with him. It was quite an experience to witness the exchange of vows with my boyfriend though most of the time, he was taking pictures. :)

After the wedding, he asked if we could go out after. So we dropped off his officemate, and our common friend and then we had coffee. He took more pictures of course.

We crashed at a party of Caltex coz that's where his youngest sister works. She was so nice, she asked us to come in. Their party was jumping, there was a live band and there were a lot of people dancing... Wanted to dance too but I restrained my self.

I had a great time hanging out with him and truly I am blessed to have him in my life. Every moment spent with him is a gift so rare and precious.

I love you baby!

I am glad that we found one another and recognized the love when our gaze met.

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Touch Down

So this is how it feels after a flight
To have your toes touch the ground once more
To have to carry your weight again
To be mindful of the roughness of the dry soil
Touching the skin under my foot
Getting in between my toes
Creeping in my toenails
So this is how it feels
To be grounded
And not in flight

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Sand Storm

The rough sandy wind is rustling, calling my name, drawing me in.
It gets louder and louder, tempting me, seducing me.
Will the magic carpet swoop me away and carry me to the land of golden grains?
Where will I find myself after this cloud of dust surrounds me?

Seventh Heaven

The other day we have hit our seventh month!

The celebration was just at our unit, I just had Yellow Cab delivered because he got out of work late already. He has been very busy lately, he's got a lot of deadlines plus the nearing turnover has also added to his workload. He's moving on to another company you see. He got to the unit quarter to twelve I think. He really just wanted to make it to our celebration.

I, as always crammed so I can come up with something. This month, he was too busy to get me a gift plus, I don't think he has enough funds for a gift too, what with all the blowouts during his birthday week but the card made me cry. Not 'coz I did not get a gift but coz, the words touched me deeply.

Baby, thanks for the seven months of seventh heaven!

I love you!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Aspects of Love

2000 at the Republic of Malate Theater
after 3 hours of videoke at Music 21

The theater reminded me of the theaters during the time of William Shakespeare as portrayed in the movie Shakespeare in love. The theater was very small, it was slightly bigger than two classrooms combined... but never mind how the theater looked, it was made classy by the ambiance and the people who attended... but never mind that either. Those things are but superficial what mattered was the actual experience of the musical and how it brought us to journey with Rose, Alex, George, Giulietta and Jenny. The five characters whose love life seemed to be entangled in some sick twist. This might easily have been the inspiration of all those teen shows like Melrose Place, The O.C., Dawson's Creek and the list goes on.

The musical had a very mature topic and I am really grateful that I did not bring my little sister. Besides, the music might not be upbeat enough for her.

I shall no longer discuss how the story went for that may be looked up on the net. I shall no longer rave about how great Monique Wilson was in her role because that is to be expected. I shall not comment about how tireless and extremely talented the pianists were. I will refrain from stating the obvious that is the Filipinos are truly excellent and brimming with talent in the arts. Instead, allow me to state some things that played on my mind as I saw the musical.

Love changes everything

It changes the way you look at life and the way you live. It can mess up your world and from that moment you know it will never be the same. It can change your life, both for the good and bad. Love makes a fool of everyone and sometimes if you are lucky being a fool can make you wise.

Not so many are lucky though...

Seeing is Believing

Though hearing the sweetest of words can make one's feet leave the solid ground, there is nothing compared to the hard truth and reality of somebody's actions.

Take a Risk, Take a Ride
Sure, loving is about taking risks but there are times when the ride is well-worth it. Sometimes you don't necessarily end up where you want to go but the ride in itself can be its own reward.

There's More To Love
I think the reason why we never grow tired of discussing love is because it is beyond all of us. There is more to love than we could ever fathom as mere mortals but to just experience part of the whole, can already be unforgettable.

Love Knows No Boundaries
Love does not see age, race, face... it can only see nothing. It is how one would want to paint it.

Love has been good to me these past few months and I pray that it will continue to be good to me. As the song goes:

If you reach
For the moon,
If you aim
For the stars,
Then the moon
And the sky,
Can be yours --
Come on and try!

There's a prize
To be won
Take a risk,
Take a ride,
Right this way,
Have a go,
Try your luck --<
And step inside!

-Aspects of Love

Colossal Christmas Party

Every little thing he does is magic
Every little thing just turns me on

This song crept into my dream and suddenly jolted me into consciousness... I have a phone call. I did not have to look at my LCD to know who it was, as that ring tone is dedicated to one person. I groggily, but cheerfully answered the phone, "Hello! Gumorning! You're up early.". And it was at that moment that it dawned on me... He was going to pick me up at half past eight this morning to go the Amkor's christmas party with his sisters. Panic striken, I hurriedly gathered my stuff, and took a hurried bath. I thought of not going anymore but he insisted that I still go. After the quick bath, I got dressed quicker than I thought I would. It was just last night when I could not make up my mind what to wear. This morning, I was able to figure out right away!

A few minutes later I found myself in the car with his sisters. I feel more comfortable around them already, they are both really nice. I was very excited as this was the first time I was going to a company christmas party held at, believe it or not... Araneta Coliseum! (Trivia: I just found out that there are two ways to spell this Coliseum and Colosseum... cool) I didn't think it was for real until I got there... The mass was not until 12noon but at half past nine, already, there were people there, lots of them! That might even be an understatement.

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I had so much fun being with my baby and watching MYMP, Toni Gonzaga, Iya Vilania, and Martin Nievera. They all performed very well! Especially Martin, who really made us laugh! Though his first few songs were rather ancient, some of the songs I have never even heard 'til this afternoon! Oh and yeah, before I forget, Jon Santos also did an impersonation of Kris Aquino! He did great, I laughed so hard!

All in all, the experience was a wonderful one. Having been able to share it with my baby made it all the more significant.

There were some moments in the show when he'd just hold me and I would close my eyes and thank the Lord for giving him to me. Some moments I would just stare at him in awe of how beautiful he is. I really thank the Lord for giving him to me. I love him with all my heart. I love him in a way I never thought I could.


He looks especially cute when he's taking pictures with his Nikon D70S :D

Friday, December 02, 2005


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All week, I have been tossing and turning wondering what gift to give him, wondering how I can make his birthday special and memorable for him. I wanted to make him feel really special 'coz after all that is how he is to me. Extraordinarily special!

I've decided on a gift that I was sure he would be thrilled to have because for months now, every time we went to the mall he would ogle at this piece of work. He would marvel at it for a few minutes like a little boy wanting a puppy would.

His birthday is December 1 but on November 30 I found myself on a bus to Filinvest. We spoke on the phone and already I asked him if he could pick me up later that night. I was supposed to be in Makati but I did not know how to squeeze in my shopping time in my schedule...

Sorry Lord, I promise to make it up to you. It was supposed to be a group reading about the gospel for this coming Sunday. I will read it in advance Lord to make it up to you.

Going back...

He had no idea I was going to go to Filinvest besides he was busy playing bowling. I was at the Filinvest mall, good thing I made it there before the mall closed. I purchased the much contemplated gift and bought a quick-wrap at Shopwise. I was so pressed for time that I wrote the message on my card as I was in line. I bought the card days ago... It took me forever to choose a card. I always take forever when choosing a card. I want something that says exactly how I feel or at least says what is closest to how I feel.

When I arrived at the lanes, it was his turn. After his turn he went back to his seat. A female teammate called for him but he waved and just kept on going. The female teammate called again but he just did the very same thing. The female friend, now a bit anxious called him again and told him I was there... Much to my delight he was very surprised! Finally, I was able to surprise him!!!

It thrilled me so much that it didn't matter that his game that night was not going very well.

He kept on peeking into the wrapped gift but I didn't want to show him yet. It was after all, officially not his birthday yet. He kept on making guesses though his first guess was right according to him it was wild one and he wasn't really expecting that that was the gift. I told him they wre a bunch of neckties hehe... I wish I could have caught his expression on video. He looked so disappointed and desperately trying to hide it.

He finally got to open the gift a few minutes after twelve, when we got the condo. He was so surprised. Maybe he was happy but I was surely ecstatic... I know now that giving indeed is better than receiving. I felt like it was my birthday instead of his. We spent the eve of his birthday together! Cool!!!

The following night, we celebrated his birthday at Friday's. I had people sing him a birthday song. There were only two of us and I just realized that there were also just the two of us when I had my birthday. He did not have a clue that it was my birthday then though. But that birthday I remember was such a great one!

We ate so much last night. It was quite a feast for both of us. He also brought his new Nikon D70S and took lots of pictures of me. Darn my eyes are so sensitive to the flash... I think I ruined every picture!

The waiter, Mico, if you're at T.G.I.F. Glorieta you might want to look for him 'coz he's really okay, he even got us a Gold Card for free!!!

All in all, the birthday of my baby was soh fun, it could have been my birthday yesterday for all I care because I had fun, maybe more fun than he had.

I love you baby!
Happy birthday!

I'm so glad we found each other and that we recognized love the instant our eyes met.

Let's celebrate more birthdays of yours together, okay?