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Apr 23, 2006

rants & raves

it's been a week of rantin' and ravin'

monday{rant & rave}...my college friends and i decided to meet after so many months of not seeing each other. some office works held me to stay longer in the office so i wasn't able to meet jonah & aby at exactly 7 PM. jonah initiated this meeting because she officially announced her engagement, she showed us her cute ring...eh, kelan ko naman kaya makikita ang "groom" ha, jonah? on your wedding day pa? anyway, we just had dinner at libis then bought stuff from tiangge. i bought another pair of chopsticks hair accessorry. i got really pissed off in the office and i accidentally broke the one i was using when i was still in the office so i just had to buy a replacement.

tuesday{rant}...i was just so pissed. i don't exactly like some personalities in my workplace. well, there's just really one at the moment...since i started, i always have this feeling that he doesn't like me and believe me, his criticisms aren't constructive in any way. well, i always try to be civil as much as possible and i always have this attitude not to waste my time on negative thoughts. maiinis ako sandali then papalipasin ko lang, okay na....i may ignore it for a time but i would always remember how a particular person pissed me off.ewan ko ba, that's really just one bad attitude that i have, i could always forgive but never forget.malabo, pwede ba yon?

wednesday{rant}...argh! he gave me more reasons to be even more pissed!

thursday{rave}...hahaha! God is really an awesome God and He's so full of surprises! guess what our household topic was? TAMING OUR HOT TEMPER! Oh yes, Lord... I got your message.I just learned that i'm subconsciously using the "implosion" behavior meaning we give the silent treatment, we sulk, we turn it inward and beat ourselves up. i can actually just talk a lot about this topic since the handouts given to us was quite inquisitive. i on the other hand, was just so happy i was able to release my anger. i don't normally talk about this negative emotion because i consider my work as one of the great blessings God has given me. i really am still a work in progress.hmmm...

friday{rant & rave}...just when i thought i'll be having lower household, i've received last minute cancellations. really depressing.before office week officially ended, sir chito talked to me and handed me a "private and confidential" letter----my performance bonus letter!whew! this week wasn't so bad after all.i was told the money i'll be getting will be credited next friday, i can't wait. ayan mabibilhan ko na si third ng cell phone, i'll be able to have body massage again, i'll also buy dvd player, treat my family for dinner, i'll be able to pay for tobit's weekend, give a little higher than usual tithes, of course, i'll add something for my siblings' school expenses like tuition and school supplies.o ayan, ang dali lang talaga mag-ubos ng pera o, wala pa nga sa kamay ko, parang dumulas na kaagad.since i got no activity lined up for the night, i joined my officemates in their weekly badminton. after sooooooooooooo many months of not playing, pakiramdam ko kinalawang na ko. i've realized how much i miss playing and how i miss feather alley's tuesday badminton club.

saturday{rant}...i couldn't describe my muscle pains...got this from playing badminton. i really lack exercise. i guess i shouldn't blame SOA (sign of old age) for gaining so much weight after all, i really am eating too much and not exercising at all lately. i kept one promise though, during GMT and HLT weeks, i'll join my officemates in playing badminton as much as possible.since i couldn't move a muscle, i decided to just cancel watchig Pido in Eastwood...(sigh) how i miss him. how come i couldn't get over my high school celebrity crushes??? hehehe

in the morning, i got the chance to chat with aby...as expected because we all have this wedding fever thing going on since jonah's announcement, the conversation went like this:

aby: hay naku, jeng. wish ko magka-boyfried ka na talaga
me: asa ka...cge mag-wish ka. may meteor shower daw ngayon tingnan mo kung tatalab hehehe!
aby: he looks decent (referring to latest crush)
me: hahaha...you didn't see him in his swimwear parang trunks na parang cycling shorts na ewan.
aby: okay na yun para nde mabago tingin ko sa kanya
me: decent? wala akong crush na decent.
aby: hahaha! oo nga...

even my long-time pals know about it, my preference in men is quite different. i may like some decent-looking few but they're either married or celebrities...how immature! geez....

Apr 16, 2006

holy week traditions

today is easter sunday.this means holy week is over and so is my vacation :(

for 7 years now, i've been spending holy week here in cainta. since papa died, our family never got the chance to spend holy week in pangasinan anymore. i truly miss those years when we, as family would travel and do annual holy week traditions together.aside from visiting our folks there, we used to visit the shrine of our lady of manaoag completing our 13-week novena and would go straight to annual family outing.usually, we were like 3-4 families having the grandest times of our lives...those were the days. everything's too different now...aside from papa having the grandest time of his life partying with God and His angels now, Tito Danny's family is also residing in New York for the past 10 years.we just couldn't do stuff just like before anymore, moving on is the only way to go.

for the past 4 years, i've been doing visita iglesia every holy thursday with my SFC friends. during our first year of doing this, we visited some churches in rizal and some in manila then years therefater, we've just been visiting rizal. nothing beats the first time we did this because seeing the old churches really amazed me primarily because i love classic architecture and seeing "ruins" never fails to excite my blood. it has always been like this...i remember my photography classes in college, since the manila area was the nearest place we can visit, we used to visit intramuros and quiapo a lot for our requirements and maybe since i'm quite used to taking pictures of congested areas, the serenity ambiance of rizal province was really something new for me four years ago...the years thereafter, it's like seeing the churches again the first time.

here are some classics....
sfc east a 1c
familias sa visita iglesia (familia junio at familia sfc east a {1c with 1b}) lunch at kainan sa hardin. sorry, no pix while we were eating, gutom na lahat kaya heto na langour jeepney ride.hanep, may "assurance", just push the "botton"

how i spent my good friday was like another new tradition which we started last year. my sisters, brother-in-law and myself joined the annual procession here in Cainta which features the different images of mary all dressed in glory.the procession started from our lady of light parish then we went to different barangays then from marick subdivision almost near junction, we made a u-turn going back to the parish again. it was an almost 2-hour walk, although i would experience some grasping of breath moments (hehehe!), nothing seriously bad happened to me and the miracle of all miracles is that my legs didn't hurt.

hmmm, i know that during lent i should be fasting...well, i did, really (chuckle)! okay, so meat is not really my favorite that's why i've eaten more when veggies & fish were served on the table and when i say i more, i mean MORE... like 3 cups of rice :) but hey, i've given up a week of drinking coffee during the lent, that's my own sacrifice since i know that not eating meat isn't much of a sacrifice for me so i might as well sacrifice the one i truly love...coffee!

3-ann and 3rd will be spending summer vacation here that's why our house is again jam-packed and laughter-filled ! it's really so nice to have them back, minsan nagsasawa na rin talaga ako na kami na lang lagi ni jm magkasama eh. (hahaha!)

Apr 6, 2006

A Different Approach to Fasting...

here's one e-mail in my inbox this morning...very timely for lent.

Fasts have a tendency to be oriented toward things like giving up food or television. But there are many other creative ways we can welcome Jesus' healing touch.Here are suggestions you may want to consider.

1. Fast from anger and hatred.
Give your family an extra dose of love each day.

2. Fast from judging others.
Before making any judgments, recall howJesus overlooks our faults.

3. Fast from discouragement.
Hold on to Jesus' promise that He has a perfect plan for your life.

4. Fast from complaining.
When you find yourself about to complain,close your eyes and recall some of the little moments of joy Jesus has given you.

5. Fast from resentment or bitterness!.
Work on forgiving those who mayhave hurt you.

6. Fast from spending too much money.
Try to reduce your spending by ten percent and give those savings to the poor

hmmmm, that's some fasting... should i rather fast from watching television? hahaha!

'ey please pray for me. i'll be going home to pangasinan tomorrow afternoon to fetch my siblings and i'll be travelling alone (nde na ba ko nasanay?). basta, prayers please, i'll be back on saturday :)