Archive for December 2009

My 23rd Birthday


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Yesterday, I turned a year older.  I am now 23 years old.  I thank God for giving me this year and hopefully next year, the next after the next year and many more years to enjoy the beauty of life being around with people who truly love me, to face more challenges and to taste more sweet and bitter of the ups and downs of life.  I thank my ma and pa for forming me and make me live here in this very wonderful world.  I thank my siblings for being obedient and respectful to me and also, for singing with me in the videoke last night. Of course, I thank the other half of my life, my husband. I thank him for everything: for his patience, for his understanding, and for his unfailing love and care towards me. I do love you so much baby.


My birthday celebration went well. It was just a small celebration but the presence of my family made it grand. I am just used to celebrating my birthday with Jesus. It is so save some penny with the preparation also. Lol. 

Here is the highlight of my birthday: 

December 22, 09 at 12:01 midnight:
Hubby came upstairs (I was in front my computer while talking to my family on the phone) with this little piece of chocolate cake with a lighted candle on singing a "happy birthday" song.

I cannot believe that my family stayed awake at midnight just to greet me "happy birthday". I was wondering what's special with the age 23?


These simple thoughts made me feel so special.

Special gifts I received:
22 not-so-hard spanking and the 23rd very hard spanking from hubby plus a pinch.

Birthday greetings from my blogging friends. Please accept my hearfelt thanks to all of you for making me feel so special. I love you all!

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Monday Mayhem: Thom's Holiday Fill in the Blanks Meme:


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I know I am late and I know I hate this song but I felt like making fun with my hubby. Nope, he's not mad. He loves this actually.

I saw hubby kissing beers and gin
Underneath the living room ceiling last night
They didn't see me stepping 
Down the stairs to have a look
They thought that I was busy
in my computer corner fast exchanging online talk.

Then I saw hubby kissing beers and gin again
Underneath the living room ceiling last night

Oh what a fun it would have been
If you had only seen
Hubby passed out on the couch after kissing beers and gin last night.

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Our Little Christmas Tree is Finally Up


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Yep, after few days of delaying, we finally made up our mind to put up and decorate our little Christmas tree. This is also the Christmas tree we used last year.  We put it in our bay window this time for all the neighbors to see it sparkling at night. The height of the bay window is just right for it, as you can see. Now, we feel the spirit of Christmas here in our little home. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

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Sunday Stealing: Lola's Holiday Meme


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Merry Christmas to all my co-thieves out there. The questions today in Sunday Stealing sound familiar.  At first I thought I've encountered and answered the questions already. Well, I am not mistaken because I did answer it on Monday Mayhem. So, here are my answers.

Here it goes:


1. What is your favorite holiday show/animated show?
_____blank_______


2. What holiday character do you think you're most like?


3. What holiday character does your spouse think you're most like?
Same with the answer no. 2. He knows I like to give as long as I have something to give. 


4. Favorite Christmas/holiday song?

5. Most hated Christmas/holiday song?

6. If you have an all holiday music radio station when do you start listening to it?
Around September

7. If you have an all holiday music radio station do you love it or hate it?
I love it. It's nice listening to your favorite Christmas music. It brings back childhood memories.

8. Have you ever wrapped yourself as a Christmas/holiday present? Come on...you can tell!
Nope...hahaha..i might do this this Christmas.

9. Who is Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer's father?
Donner

10. Do you drive your neighborhood or one near you at night to look at other people's holiday decorations?
Nope. I go out from the house at night myself and see how beautiful the decorations are to feel the spirit of Christmas.

11. When you see a heavily decorated house do you think, 'oh that's lovely'? Or do you think, 'oh criminy, that looks like Christmas threw up all over their lawn'?
It's lovely. I will count on their effort. That's how happy they are to welcome Jesus in the world.

12. Are you counting the days to Christmas/Holidays with excited anticipation or dread?
With lots and lots of excitement. 

13. When was the last time you had your photo taken with Santa? Did you sit on his lap?
I never sit Santa's lap. We don't have it here but I was able to kiss baby Jesus.  Every Christmas, the Church people go house to house bringing baby Jesus (stone crafted) on a manger-like box. 

14. Do you make a Christmas/Holiday list for your spouse or significant other or do you rely on them to pick your gift(s) without a clue from you?
It's up to them on what they want/can give me. 
15. When do you put up your tree and/or menorah/and or anything else?
I just put my tree up last night but no decorations yet. 

16. If tree- Real or fake?
Fake.

17. When do you take your tree/decorations down?
January 7 after the festival of the three kings. 

18. Do you shop the day after Christmas sales? What do you shop for?
If i feel like it.

19. Is your work/office having a holiday party this year? Will you attend?
Not working yet...

20. Do you have your New Year's Eve Plans set yet?
Yes.


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Friday Fill-Ins


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1. No, we will NOT held my birthday in my parents' house.
2. We've spent lots of sumptuous meals at the old kitchen table.
3. I watched the steam rising from the hot cup of coffee (or tea) and thought: I forgot to see the hot spring again that was recently discovered somewhere in my hometown.
4. Despite the global crisis and calamities, Christmas is still going to be okay.
5. I'll take it when you leave it.
6. Life is beautiful at least from my point of view.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finish blog posts that need to be posted, tomorrow my plans include blog and hop, and Sunday, I want to do a house general cleaning!

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Misa De Gallo or Simbang Gabi (Night Mass)


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I went to visit my parents and siblings yesterday and went to Church for Misa de Gallo or Night Mass with my mother.  The rest of our family members were not able to attend for some reason. I am so fond of Misa de Gallo even when I was a child.  I love the part when the mass is done because, in my hometown, it is when we eat the food preparation in the church.  Everday, the priest will announce the barangays or we call it "arks" to prepare foods for the churchgoers after mass. I know some places don't do it but we do.

For you to understand what Misa de Gallo is, here is a pasted note from wikipedia. 
Traditionally, Christmas Day in the Philippines is ushered in by the nine-day dawn masses that start on December 16. Known as the Misa de Gallo (Roosters Mass) in the traditional Spanish and in Filipino as Simbang Gabi, or "Night Mass", this novena of Masses is the most important Filipino Christmas tradition.
These nine dawn Masses are also considered as a Novena by the Catholic and Aglipayan faithfuls. This refers to the Roman Catholic and Aglipayan practice of performing nine days of private or public devotion to obtain special graces.
In some parishes, the Simbang Gabi begins as early as four o'clock in the morning. Going to mass this early for nine consecutive days is meant to show the churchgoer's devotion and faith as well as to heighten anticipation for the Nativity of Jesus. In traditional Filipino belief, however, completing the novena is also supposed to mean that God would grant the devotee's special wish or favor.
After hearing Mass, Filipino families partake of traditional Philippine Christmastime delicacies, either during breakfast at home or immediately outside the church, where they are sold. Vendors offer a wealth of native delicacies, including bibingka (rice flour and egg based cake, cooked using coals on top of and under the pastry), puto bumbong (a purple sticky rice delicacy which is steamed in bamboo tubes, with brown sugar and shredded dried coconut meat served as condiments), salabat (hot ginger tea) and chokolate (thick Spanish cocoa). In some Aglipayan churches, after the mass everybody is invited to partake the "painit" (after mass snacks of delicacies with hot coffee or tsokolate) at the house of the sponsor of the mass.
In recent times, even the Evangelical Christians, and other independent Christian Churches have started holding services in the early mornings like the ones that are being done by the Catholics and some Mainline Protestant

Merry Christmas to all!

Couple’s Corner: Shopping Galore


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Shopping is women’s favorite moment. It is when we, women use our knowledge in buying stuffs and at the same time use the knowledge in budgeting. It’s when we use our charm to the vendors to get discounts and save some pennies for another item.

I do love shopping and love window shopping a lot. Before I met Gary, I used to get items on sale it may be  foods or clothing (except for stuffs that I really, really like to have - Shoes and Bags) and getting more discounts from discounted stuffs. Thrifty, they call it. Well, I had not much money to buy stuffs I really wanted. With my meager salary, I rather use it all for foods. Living away from my family at 17 to find luck in a place I’ve never been, oh yeah, I got to know how to use my salary wisely or else, I’ll starve to death.


When I met Gary, I can say I was darn gracious with our first meeting because you know; first meeting is when men try to please girls. I sensed that he was trying to please me by being too generous to the extent of spoiling me. He thought I was “that kind” of girl who can easily be pleased with expensive things. Well, he was just a little bit right because for me, it’s not wise to buy expensive stuffs most of the time esp. if only for a purpose of bragging it. I mean it is ok to buy expensive stuffs if (1) you have lots of excess money in the world and you do not know where else you can use it, (2) it is useful and with good purpose. As for me, I buy stuffs from the heart; it may not be expensive but if I like it and it is useful enough, why not get it?

There was one time, hubby and I went shopping. He dragged me to this Levi’s store and asked me to take what I want. When I looked at the pants and shirts in there, I sensed no style at all other than the “glory of the Levi’s tag”. So I said, no and took a Lee Pipes jeans that cost 1000 something but with 25% discount. There was also one time, hubby and I were talking on yahoo messenger, and he sent me a link to the Victoria secret store online. I asked why. He told me to pick what I want and he will order it for me. I told him “So you are allowing me to walk on the street wearing only Victoria Secret lingerie and their two-piece under wears?” Yep, my undies cost only 20 pesos each and 300 pesos being the most expensive for brassieres. Who cares? They can't see it!

It is indeed unwise to buy something just for the sake of having it “the glory of the tag line”. It’s better to give the money you use for it to the street kids who have nothing to eat. If you can buy the "glory of the tag line" and give something to those who are in need, that would be better.

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Sunday Stealing: The 6 Ws Meme


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Who...
Is easy to love?
for me is my family, i don't need to be forced to love them
Do you just wanna smack?
i'll give smack kisses to my sisters
Do you trust?
my self
Do you talk to when you're alone?
no one, i am alone eh


What...
Dangerous things do you do while driving?
driving one hand, over taking big vehicles 
Are you allergic to?
none
Is Satan's last name?
i have no idea
Is the freakiest thing in your house?...
dirty toilet bowl when uncleaned

When...
Is it time to turn over a new leaf?
 when i realize something not right in me
Will you be all that you can be?
Right now
Is enough enough?
when i say enough
Do you go to the dark side?
I've been there


Where...
Are your pants?
in my closet...
Is your last will and testament?
i haven't made it yet but this question reminds me to do it to think we do not know what will happen tomorrow
Is your junk food stash?
just in the refrigerator 
Is Carmen Sandiego?
i don't know..

Why...
Was the Lone Ranger alone?
because his name said he is
Was The Scarlet Letter scarlet?
uh-uh
Are musicians sexy and plumbers not?
LOL. plumbers will get dirty and when they are dirty they are not sexy, i guess.
Are there no seat belts on school buses?
it made me wonder too

Would you...
Swim the English Channel for a doughnut and coffee? If not that, what?
oh my, No! 
Forgive someone who deliberately hurt you?
yes, if he/she will ask for forgiveness...
Rather believe a lie if it hurt you less than the truth?
I want to know the truth 
You still be alive if you were sucked out of an airplane window?
would you?

The Dating Profiles Meme: Pride and Joy


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1. My pride and joy is my cat Spike.
It's possible.
2. I run, do pilates, zumba, and can dance anywhere.
Wow, you rock!
3. I'm into to going to Home Depot for house projects that I think I can master but never do.
No comment.
4. I joined this dating site to meet new people and see what happens!
Same reason with mine when I started joining dating sites.
5. I was married for 5 years from 1990 to 1995. We had a nasty divorce but now are the best of friends.
What did you do?
6. I'm looking forward to a meeting of the minds, to fun and arm wrestling.
hmmnn?
7. My match would be someone who is emotionally available. One that believes 1+1=Love.
You are to emotional I guess and hey, 1+1 = 2. 
8. I wanted to win my son when we play video games together, back then he was 14 years old, and I did practice while he is not at home, but was never able to win him.
You should ask your son what's his secret in winning.
9. How do you sum up a full life into a little box without sounding like everyone else?
Just be yourself, if you can't then don't make any noise. 
10. There are as many ways of falling in love as there are snowflakes in a snowstorm.
As there are many ways of falling out of love.


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Friday Fill-Ins


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1. Good times: exchanging jokes with my family.
2. My husband is my home.
3. Sleigh bells ring during Christmas time.
4. Come near me a little.
5. Once more, i'll get to watch Boys Over Flower Korean TV series.
6. Life will end but the world will never end?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to post everything I need to post on my blogs, tomorrow my plans include washing more laundry and Sunday, I want to go to church!

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Malware Attack Maybe!


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Early in the morning yesterday of around 3:30, I was freaking with what happened to my computer.  Everything on my computer screen was frozen for some reason I didn't know. Even my mouse. There was no way to shut the computer down properly because it was not letting me do it,  I didn't do anything for 30 minutes and waited for again another 30 minutes. Still everything's frozen.  What I did was switch the computer off directly to the UPS.  I hate doing it but I had to so I can restart the computer.  When I switched the computer back on, I was directed to a Startup Windows Fixer saying there is a problem with Windows. I followed the instructions of the computer but after doing numerous startup fixing, it still didn't work. It just let me do it over and over again yet nothing happened.


I was really freaking thinking my computer was totally crashed and can't be used again. Suddenly, the recovery disks popped in my head.  I inserted the CD and there I was starting the reformat. I was anxiously waiting for the result hoping I am doing it right. I was so happy that everything went well when the reformatting is done although everything on my drive C: the saved documents, PowerPoint presentation, the blogger layout and scrap layouts, the music are all gone.

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Couple’s Corner: JEALOUSY


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Jealousy with enough reason can be healthy but repetitive and out of reason can be a threat to a relationship and most of all to the jealous person’s life. It is something that should be taken care of because jealousy can be a sickness that only mental hospital can heal. Seriously, jealousy is a cancer, if you let it kill you.  (You can only find this quote here.)


There are some people that I know of having this kind of sickness. Of course, I will not type the names in here. I may say, I have a benign jealousy because I  took care of it before it got worst. I would be too hypocrite if I say I never get jealous. Hello, I am a human being. I guess, we all get jealous although we have our own way of dealing with it. I have my own way.

When I was in high school, I get jealous with my classmates who have new shoes, new bags, and brand new stuffs. I was even jealous with my spoiled brother back then he was getting new stuffs from our parents being the only son. That is materialistic jealousy. I was and sometimes I am jealous with people who were/are taller than me, those long legged chicks and breathtakingly beautiful and smart people. That is physical and mental jealousy, in short, insecurity.  And oh, the first time I joined "blogger", I was jealous with bloggers who can make beautiful customized layouts. I guess that is ability jealousy.  

How did/do I deal my jealousy and insecurity? I just keep it and use it to get myself be motivated in life. It motivated me to get better, improve my talents and my entire self. My jealousy and insecurity to the people became admiration and inspiration. It made me realized that jealousy or insecurity can't be bad all the time  because I used it as a helpful tool to improve myself and discover my own unique qualities. I didn't  and don't plan to let it Kill Me. 

When my husband and I met the first time, I got jealous with his ex girlfriend from Cebu. Every time I read her messages on hubby’s phone, it made me jealous. Why I read the messages in the first place anyway? Distrust to a partner that was which is a very bad thing. It was a mixture of jealousy and insecurity. God, being jealous and insecure is not easy, I tell you that. As much as I can, I am keeping my jealousy esp. if I see no reason but there were times jealousy getting in me intensely that I could not stop myself from asking “do you still love her” or “just come back to her, I guess you still love her”. I know I sounded so pathetic. For Christ sake gurl he’s with you, I kept telling myself that.

When we were engaged to be married, the jealousy with that Cebu girl was still there plus the jealousy with his work. There were times I felt like he was setting me aside because of his work when he couldn’t answer my calls at first ring and when he couldn’t replied right away to my messages. Sometimes I was thinking of him being with other girl at work. That was the reason of our fights most of the time. Later on, I realized it cannot do well for me and for our relationship. There should be trust for the relationship to work and of course, loyalty and faith. Recently, I was surprised when I learned that my husband’s workers at work know me because hubby had this picture of me displayed on his office table. I was like wow! Those jealousies of mine were of no use then. See, sometimes we are really so way out of line. Again, I didn't let jealousy Kill Me. 

Now that we are married, there are no reasons for us to get jealous with each other. He very well know I love him dearly and I have no plan on doing something bad that can make him jealous because I definitely know how hard it is to be jealous. It’s a no joke feeling.  As for me, I don’t see any reason to get jealous so far. My husband is being a good husband to me 101%. With the love and care he is giving me, i couldn't ask for more. The only problem I have with him now is his drinking habit. Maybe I can say, I am jealous with his beer. Lol! I don’t want him drink because that’s when he's getting guts of voicing out his jealousy.

To sum it up, we are getting over with fights regarding jealousy but we both have a quote for each other:

Mine:
If you do something bad (cheat), don't let me catch you.

Hubby:
If you do something bad (cheat), I'll kick your butt. 

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Monday Mayhem: Lola's Holiday Meme


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It is Monday Mayhem time and this week's meme is borrowed from Lola.

Here it goes:


1. What is your favorite holiday show/animated show?
_____blank_______


2. What holiday character do you think you're most like?


3. What holiday character does your spouse think you're most like?
Same with the answer no. 2. He knows I like to give as long as I have something to give. 


4. Favorite Christmas/holiday song?

5. Most hated Christmas/holiday song?

6. If you have an all holiday music radio station when do you start listening to it?
Around September

7. If you have an all holiday music radio station do you love it or hate it?
I love it. It's nice listening to your favorite Christmas music. It brings back childhood memories.

8. Have you ever wrapped yourself as a Christmas/holiday present? Come on...you can tell!
Nope...hahaha..i might do this this Christmas.

9. Who is Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer's father?
Donner

10. Do you drive your neighborhood or one near you at night to look at other people's holiday decorations?
Nope. I go out from the house at night myself and see how beautiful the decorations are to feel the spirit of Christmas.

11. When you see a heavily decorated house do you think, 'oh that's lovely'? Or do you think, 'oh criminy, that looks like Christmas threw up all over their lawn'?
It's lovely. I will count on their effort. That's how happy they are to welcome Jesus in the world.

12. Are you counting the days to Christmas/Holidays with excited anticipation or dread?
With lots and lots of excitement. 

13. When was the last time you had your photo taken with Santa? Did you sit on his lap?
I never got the chance on sitting Santa's lap. We don't have it here but I was able to kiss baby Jesus.  Every Christmas, the Church people go house to house bringing baby Jesus (stone crafted) on a manger-like box. 

14. Do you make a Christmas/Holiday list for your spouse or significant other or do you rely on them to pick your gift(s) without a clue from you?
It's up to them on what they want/can give me. 
15. When do you put up your tree and/or menorah/and or anything else?
I just put my tree up last night but no decorations yet. 

16. If tree- Real or fake?
Fake.

17. When do you take your tree/decorations down?
January 7 after the festival of the three kings. 

18. Do you shop the day after Christmas sales? What do you shop for?
If i feel like it.

19. Is your work/office having a holiday party this year? Will you attend?
Not working yet...

20. Do you have your New Year's Eve Plans set yet?
Yes.
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Tag: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


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I would like to greet you all Merry Christmas in advance especially to Sis Anne of My Little Home for passing this Christmas Greetings in a form of a tag. I do appreciate your thought in including me in the list sis Anne. Thanks a lot. Christmas really is in the air. I can feel the spirit of Christmas here and everywhere.  As most of you know, Philippines starts celebrating Christmas as soon as the first "ber" months started. Yep, hubby and I felt the spirit of Christmas since Sept. 1 when a Christmas song was played on the radio. So, back to the tag. I would like to pass this greetings to my beloved co-bloggers:



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Ate Mads, Prettymom-Rosemarie, Mommyelvs, Lisgold, Ruthi, Shy of A Journey for Life, Janet, Allen's darling, Ate Lisa of My Online Journal, Sis Liz of This is My Life, Ate Tammy, Kittykat, Meryl, Geraldine

Please come and grab this greeting.  Again, have a Merry Christmas to you all!