Monday, December 10, 2012

Wrap It!

Few days from now and its Christmas!
15 days to be exact...
Every Christmas season I have a "wrapping cramming dilemma" Maybe dahil na rin sa daming activities pag pasok pa lang ng Decembe. I remember one Christmas dumating na ang inaanak ko di ko pa nababalot ang gift ko for him..and siguro naman this year hindi na mangyayari yon kasi di uso ang pumupunta ang mga inaanak sa bahay ng mga ninong at ninang dito, instead sina ninang at ninong ang bumibisita sa mga inaanak :) 
Here are some ideas to try this year:

Make it colorful!
Wrap candies, pastries or other sweets using cleared plastic with designs and tie with ribbon, put gift tags as shown. If the candies that you'll put inside are wrapped already in a colorful wrapper, you can just use a plain transparent plastic.

 I love the idea of this one, and guess what's inside of these? its not a candy or any other sweets - coins / money. Ok na ok ito for carolers :) Instead to giving the money directly to them by hand put it into a candy style wrapper as shown.
What you have to do is to cut colorful or Christmas wrapper, place the coins or paper money inside of it, close both end or tape it. After get your clear cellophane wrapper and wrapped it. Isn't it a good twist for holiday? ^_^

Kids really enjoy chocolates and they will surely love to receive it in a cutie packaging. You can pack different kinds of chocolates or candies of your choice. Put it into clear cellophane plastic and tie it with ribbon. Make a big gift tag almost bigger than the plastic packed. Get some designs or poems that will match on whatever kind of chocolates or candies you put inside. Make the gift tag as colorful as you want. The more color you put the more kids will enjoy it!

More creativity! 

Wrap your gift in plain white paper, you can used bond paper depending on the motif that you want. Tie the wrapped gifts with abaca twig and put candy cane as shown. You can use ribbons also instead of twig.

Make it personalized!

This a good idea if the gift is for your family and closed friends :)
Wrap your gift in a plain paper - you can use newsprint or brown paper. Print a picture of the person kung kanino mo ibibigay ang gift. No gift tag needed. If you will not hand it personally to them, you can put your name below the picture or in any space that is visible to them, so they will not confuse who gave them the gift. Instead of picture you can also use their favorite bible verse, quotations or even lines in their favorite movie or books.

Cheap yet Chic!

 Planning to give kikay stuffs for your girl friends this holidays. Well this is a chic yet not that costly idea. Choose cosmetics or accessories tie a ribbon on it and put "tagline" that will fit on the gift itself. I'm sure they will love your simple yet kikay idea!

We don't need to spend much money for our gift to be presentable, we just need to be creative! And being creative is within us, if we will do things happily surely it will come even more beautiful than we expect.
This Christmas season may we be reminded the true essence of gift giving. As the old saying goes "its the though that counts" and its the love within the gift that matters.
Happy Wrapping!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Parties are already part of the Christmas season. And since we have a lot of circle of friends, we have also different set of party to attend. Admit it or not we always wanted to be at our best in every party. One of the hardest thing to do aside from choosing gifts this holidays is choosing what to wear especially if the party required some dress code or theme.
This year I have few party to attend - BS Cellgroup party, Church party, Party with friends, Family party, and some are to be confirmed :)
And since I already left some of my dresses in Philippines the last time I went back for vacation, I need to find ways on how to achieve the dress code required on each party. Lucky me because most of the dress code required is smart casual.
The first time I heard "smart casual" I was also confused. I asked myself "is that same as semi-formal?". And since its "casual" some people think that they can wear anything they want as long as its decent.
Well guys and most especially party goers here are some suggestions to be at your best on dress code: smart casual.


DO's : 
mid length dress, skirt, jewelry, accessories, blazer or cardigan, clutch bag,hobo bag, shoes, ballerina flats

Blazer + mid length skirt that compromise to the color of blazer + white inner top + wedge shoes added by stud catchy earrings and small sling casual bag

long sleeved cardigan + slim fit trouser + ballerina shoes added by dangling earrings and watch to accessories and small chain bag for kikay stuffs

mid length dress (light fabric) + shoes + accessories and clutch bag

DO NOT's :
flip flops, tshirt, slogan or logos top, large tote bag, evening gown, sportswear

You can use shawl to cover especially if night party and the venue is besides pool or outside.
Do not over accessorize yourself, you might look Christmas tree full of decors. If your dress is embellished with stones or detailed by ribbons, do not use necklace anymore. If you are wearing printed top avoid colorful necklace too, or if you think necklace is not necessary much better.  Avoid using sporty watches especially if you are wearing dress or skirt. 
Bags & shoes doesn't necessarily have same in color but be sure the color of each other will compliments. Black is still the safest color for shoes and even for bag.
For make ups, use light shades only for day and bit dark in the evening , still it depends on your complexion.


 jacket or blazer, cardigan or jumper, dark trouser, long sleeved shirt, tie (optional) , closed shoes, dark socks

long sleeved with tie coated by cardigan while you can use closed neck shirt on blazer

DO NOT's :
jeans, denim jacket, shorts, flip flops or sandals, trainers, t shirts, caps, sports wear, logos or slogans on the top.
When dressing a smart casual make sure that you look smart but not overly formal and make sure that your clothes are clean, neat and your shoes are polished.
Smart casual dress code craves for balanced, simple yet elegant, and pull together looked. You're attired must say "I've tried" and not "I've tried to hard" in short hindi mukhang nagpilit lang.
Smart casual code for me is the best dress code to have, its versatile - you can wear it in the party, work, even in watching movies or in a dinner dates. Whenever you choose smart casual you choose delicacy, charm, and sophistication.
Party doesn't always need a new dress or new pair of shoes, its just a matter of mix and match and following some tips on how to dress up in the required codes.
If you're not sure on what to wear in the party, don't hesitate to ask the host. Never ever out-dress the host, remember you're just a visitor and not the celebrant or the host of the event.
No need to spend much money just for one time party. Just follow the above tips and etiquette and I'm sure you'll make it on the party.
So what are you waiting for, buksan na si closet and mag-mix and match na :)
Happy dressing!

Monday, December 3, 2012

All I want for Christmas

Christmas is for giving and I guess its for wishing too :)
Wish is only a wish and will be remain wish until someone grants it for us.
This Christmas season let me tell you about my Christmas wishlist, so that you will not be having a hard time to think what presence you'll give (if you are planning to give me) hahaha

JUST FOR FUN but if you will really insist, who am I to refuse :)

I really love pillows i mean throw pillows but aside from Mickey mouse design which I already have, i want something new, decorative design or prints or statement throw pillows.

 I super heart these pillows from ARQ Curtains distributed in all SM OUR HOME outlets nationwide (Philippines).
But if you're here in Doha and thinking to give me decorative or statement pillows you can check Home Center, Home Are Us, or MAXX.

Fashion + Food
If possible I really don't like to receive food as a Christmas present, what I want is something to keep and treasure. And since I'm pretty sure you will not guess my size and even my frame so it will be difficult with you to give me clothes, so instead of giving me those, this book of Jenni Epperson  would be best.

 I guess its a part of growing up or rather growing old? hehehe that I've getting interested on books that tackles lifestyle, crafting and decorating especially houses.
This book is available in National Bookstore (Philippines), but if you can't get one any decorating books will do, here in Doha you can find it in Jarrir Bookstore or Virgin Megastore in Landmark / Villagio mall.

Painting Materials
I don't have any formal training in painting, I never tried it even once but I really want to give it a try. I always told to myself that I will try it and I will buy materials to start but until now still not yet. When I met Xen mas nainspire ako to paint especially when I saw all her paintings displayed all over her house - living room, dining, rooms of her kids and mostly she used it for a caused like when she donated her paintings to help.

I always reason out to myself that I don't have time for this one but 2013 I will really make sure that I will try it or to be more sure give me materials as your Christmas present :) All I need are canvass (of any size), set of brushes, acrylic paints. Available in Jarrir Bookstore, City Centre (i just forgot the name of the store), Al Rawnaq or National Bookstore if you're in Philippines :)
Memorabilia's Keeper
I am a sentimental kind of person, I am keeping old letter giver to me even decade ago, and the oldest stuff stored in my present memorabilia's box is a stationery pad given to me by my elementary friend Maricris Rivera when we were on our 5th grade. I love stationery that's why I have a lot of it I'm keeping since my school days. 

You can find the exact design as above in Regalong Pambahay at 1,000.00 PHP but here in Doha you can find it in many stores such as City Lifestyle in Centrepoint mall or in City Centre branch, Al Shaheen Department Store, Al Rawnaq, much cheaper here in Doha and there are a lot of designs and styles to choose from, you can buy it aroung 75QR here.

Decorative Boxes / Drawers
I have a lot things and "abubots" but I make it sure that I properly put my things into places. I have few storage plastic boxes for my accessories but I think its not yet enough (not only for my accessories) for my other things. I remember Daddy told me na dapat daw ang magiging asawa ko tanggap na marami akong gamit from bags, magazines, shoes, accessories and willing sya na ipagpagawa ako ng mga cabinets or to have a part in a room that's only for my things...hahaha, well guys its a hint,hahaha..

The colorful and uniqueness of designs and styles, the better. It comes on different sizes too :) Available in City Lifestyle, Centrepoint and to Al Rawnaq Trading Complex, Airport Road. In Philippines you can check to leading bookstores, craft stores or in Papemelrotti :)

Used clothes and other stuffs, foods, your time
Its my 5th year this coming December 20, 2012 to join in reaching out our Filipino distressed kababayans here in Qatar. I strongly believed that we don't need to be rich in order to help what we need is a cheerful giving heart - isang pusong may galak magbigay. I consider myself  na super bless, not only for having ,material things that I have but having people who are dear to me, I am bless because I can sleep peacefully every night, I can eat on time, I have my freedom. And one way to thank God for all the blessings He showered and continue showering on me is to share my blessings, give my love and time and reach out others.

If you have used clothes, shoes or bags or any other stuffs in good condition you can just donate it, mapapakinabangan na may napasaya ka pa :) We are also accepting toiletries such as sanitary napkin, shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc. as well as foods like noodles, canned goods or any food that you may bring.
I am also knocking on your heart to help and support as well other good deeds project of my friends. Lets share, give, reach out: give love on Christmas day!

Its the love that sealed with those gifts matters - its still the thought that counts.Gifts doesn't need to be expensive to be appreciated, sometimes little things are much appreciated because of the sincerity and the effort of finding it. If you know the person to whom you will give the gift, it will be easier for you to find because you know even the little things that makes his/her happy. We have different likes and personality, in giving gifts we must consider the receiver not ourselves.

All I want for Christmas is you...

I am grateful and really thankful for the people I have in my life; people who surrounds me; people who comforts me; people who let me feel that I am loved and cared. I can have those listed things even on my own pocket but the I cannot buy all the love, care, comfort and friendship you gave to me. I am not perfect, I have my own weaknesses and faults, I hope you will continually to have patience in me and you'll remain who you are to me. And if there will be time that you think I am not acting nor doing right things, remind me on what right should I do. The year is not yet on its last day but I am looking forward to share, spend with you not only Christmas but a whole year round of happiness, love, and friendship. Yes, all I want for Christmas is you - yes its you :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Share-Give-Reach Out, Give LOVE on Christmas Day

"People making lists,  buying special gifts
It's a time to be kind to one and all
It's that time of year when good friends are dear
And you wish you could give more
Than just presents from a store"
Christmas I think is one of the best day of the year. For us Filipinos we celebrate it not only for one day, we start to celebrate it as soon as "ber" months enter into the scenario. Almost every house are filled with red, silver and gold decorations, and even the streets were lightened by colorful lights and lanterns. But more than that Christmas is the time of the year to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. And since GOD is LOVE and we're celebrating His birth, Christmas is the time to spread love as well as hope not only to our family and friends but mostly to our fellow who really needs to feel that they are loved.
"Why don't you give love on Christmas day
Even the man who has everything would be so happy

If you would bring Him love on Christmas day
No greater gift is there than love
This Christmas season may our heart desires to  SHARE, GIVE, and REACH OUT our fellow who are in need. We don't need to buy and wrap expensive gifts to make them happy, all we need to do is to let them feel that we care and love them even in the simplest way we can.

Paskuhan sa OWWA 2012


Hindi lahat ng nasa abroad mayaman at hindi lahat madali ang buhay na kinakaharap sa araw-araw. Maaring may mga ngiti sa kanilang labi everytime na makikita natin ang mga pictures nila, parang ang dali ng buhay pero sa kabila ng mga ngiti ay mga luha ng pasakit at mga pasa ng pahirap sa kamay ng mga amo nila.
I consider myself blessed. I didn't experience those things. I have a good job and enough salary to sustain my needs and even my family. I can sleep at peace without minding that they might someone hurt me when I am asleep, I can eat on time and eat the right food that my body needs, if there were times that I don't feel good I can rest and take medicines if sicked. I can go to Church and even to places I want to go with my family and friends. I am very bless and I'm truly thankful to the Lord for the life I have.

But not all OFW have the same life I have.
Its really sad that we have fellow Filipinos who are despite of good intention to earn and to work hard for their family suffers a lot - physically abuse, emotionally tortured and some of them are brutally molest.

Nakakalungkot isipin dahil ilan sa kanila ay nangutang at iba ay nagbili ng mga ari-arian sa pag-asa na magkakaroon sila ng mas magandang buhay sa pagtratrabaho dito sa ibang bansa. Ang iba naman ay iniwan ang kanilang mararangal na trabaho sa Pilipinas sa pagnanasang magkaroon ng mas malaking sweldo at mas mabigyan ng mas magandang buhay ang pamilya.
Hindi lang po yan haka-haka or napanuod ko na kwento sa t.v., all those stories are from the lips of our distressed kababayans who are under the custody of OWWA, Qatar.

It will be my 5th year this coming December 20, 2012 to spend Christmastime with them. 
I personally heard their stories and witnessed their battles. I am witnessed of the bruises and scars on their body, the fear they have in their heart and the troubles, pain, agony and problems they are facing. We are bless - very bless as our lives are normal if we will compare to them. Maybe at this time we already plan how we will celebrate our Christmas, some may even wrapped gifts and planned the parties that they'll be going to attend. But how about them?

Be with us in sharing, giving, and reaching out our distressed kababayans in OWWA, Qatar. As of today, I don't have the exact numbers of persons who are in the OWWA but we're praying that before the year ends they will be lessened.

You may donate the following:
Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, sanitary napkin, deodorant, etc.)
Used clothes, shoes or bags in good condition
Baby clothes are needed as well as I received an information that there are 4 babies of months old who are also now in OWWA custody.
Food (canned goods, noodles, etc.) or foods to be served during the event (sandwich, pizza, pansit, etc.)

Time is the best expression of love. If you are free on the said date, I am personally encouraging you to be with us physically. I am very sure you'll be bless :)

For your donations and other inquiry, kindly drop me a line or call me at 55003586 for more details.

A GYA Christmas Feast : Care, Share, Donate

Christmas are for everyone most especially for children. I was really happy when I found out this Christmas Feast for children that my friend Kcat organized. 
They started GYA Christmas Party since 1994, party on the street with all the family, relatives, friends and "kalaro" . 
The celebration is whole day full of games and a party at night of 24th of December.

Here is from Kcat:

A GYA Christmas Feast will be a whole day event full of games, foods, party, gifts and whole lot of fun. This time, we are planning to start the day by holding a feeding program in the morning and treat the kids with a hearty breakfast so that they will have energy to enjoy the day’s activity. In the evening will be a Christmas party for the kids with lots of foods, gifts for everyone and more games to play.
I strongly believed that “It is through giving that we receive.” We may not be materially rich, but in our hearts we have a lot of HAPPINESS to share,  I may not that perfectly well  again, I could no longer stand on my own to lead the event again, I could not hear their loud laugh anymore, but  my heart could still feel  their happiness. Likewise, this is my little way of showing them that any disability is never a hindrance to share love and happiness. Because I AM AN ABLE DISABLED.

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After GYA peeps announced the upcoming Christmas Feast 100+  excited kids were registered.
Lets make these children happy on December 24!
You can donate candies, toys, cookies or cupcakes, juices in tetra packed or any goodies that can be packed and distributed for the kids. 

If you wish to share & donate, feel free to contact Kcat Yarza, at 09063360757 / 09235219600. You can also email her at

If you are in abroad and you want to extend your gift to the kids, you can send your pledges:
Banco De Oro (BDO)
Savings Acct. Number: 02 809 824 88
Banco De Oro SM Megamall Branch, Mandaluyong City

Please do not hesitate to ask me if you want to know more details :)

Heart to heart for Baby Yvan

Yvan was born on April 12, 2012. Like his two older siblings, he was born premature but was stricken with Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome (neonatal pneumonia), a breathing disorder which occurs in newborn premature infants whose lungs have not yet fully developed. He was also diagnosed to have sepsis, blood poisoning that is life-threatening.

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This Christmas season lets extend our heart to Baby Yvan. Lets give him hope and help him to survive. Baby Ivan's family also come up to a fundraising of shirt in order to help in the daily expense of Baby Ivan. You may visit his mom's Facebook site : HELP FOR BABY YVAN 
For your donations / pledges you may contact his mom Heart Calimlim at 0933 329 6118 and visit
For cash donations:
Ma Yvette Heart Calimlim
BDO Acct# 1280917405
SM City Bacoor Branch 

Lets be with Baby Yvan in fighting the battle. He and his family needs our prayer and support. May the cold breeze of December bring them warm and comfort full of love.

People you don't know smiling out hello
Everywhere there's an air of Christmas joy
It's that once a year when the world's sincere
And you'd like to find a way
To show the things that words can't say

We don't know them personally, some of them not even by their names but it doesn't matter when we give and help; we just need a cheerful giving heart.
Simple things from us, small amount from our pocket really means a lot for them.
Why don't you give love on Christmas day
The man on the street and the couple upstairs

All need to know that there's one cares
Give love on Christmas day
No greater gift is there than love

What the world needs is love
Yes, the world needs your love

All we need is love!
Lets spread the light of hope and the stars of love to all.
Let's live this Christmas season with true essence of it - LOVE.
There's no greater gift we can give to others aside from our love like what did Jesus Christ gave us - His unconditional love.
I always believe that we don't need to be rich materially nor financially in order to give anything - what we need is a heart full of love.
May we bring out the true meaning of the Christmas season : LOVE
Merry CHRISTmas!
God Bless us all

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Six Years and Still Thankful

July 3, 2006 when my present company hired me. I can still recall on my mind how its started from the day I had my interview, examination, and interview again. As a typical new staff in the company, I am nervous especially I will be working directly to the department manager and to different nationalities. We're only two Filipino in the department that time, and it is difficult to me especially emotionally. But as I've always tell to the new staffs in the company who are worrying how it will be - my secret is prayer, lahat nakukuha sa prayer.
Until now kapag naaalala ko lahat ng pinagdaanan ko before I turned to 6 years I can't help to be teary eyed pa rin but can't stop myself in thanking the Lord. I remember the time when one of my colleague will just throw documents in front of me while I'm eating my lunch on my desk, when he murmurs and tell other within the group that I'm taking it personally when sending internal memos and letters. I was tasked then by my boss to personally draft all the internal memos, he will just gave me the scenario and I am the one who will make and issue.
But as I've said lahat nakukuha sa prayers. I had sleepless night and almost everyday I have a heavy heart being on my desk, the only thing that I have is a very nice boss to whom I consider up to now as my mentor. I cry almost everyday in my prayer, asking God heal me on all the pain and grudge I have on my officemate, to soften my heart again so I can just ignore what my officemate is doing against me. Until the Lord finally answer my prayers. Until now, we're still officemate. I am still sitting near his place and we're still working together but now we're working professionally and ethically with each other. 
My advice to those who just recently working abroad kelangan talaga buo ang loob, firm on your words and stands but be sure you're on the right track. And always be with God everyday of your lives. Prayer is really the best weapon we can have.
I am very thankful that Lord blessed me of my present company. For six years, this company is my bread and butter but this morning naisip ko di lang bread and butter with matching coffee pa ^_^

I don't have a "high" salary as others but I am happy and contented with the blessings that God has given and continually giving through my company.
I am so grateful with the people who are part of my six years - my friends, colleagues, and even to some people who caused my tears. I am thankful through them I was mold to be strong and brave and my patience was developed.
This might be my last year as the project soon to end but everything I had with my company - all the experiences and all the people I've been with will always be in my heart and memory.  I believe that the purpose was served already ^_^. I claimed that new opportunity will be coming my way - another blessings from the Lord.
Thank you Sky Oryx Joint Venture for six years!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Meeting Xen

I love meeting people especially those who are really strangers to me. But I'm not that tough not to feel nervous but in a way it excites me. Don't get me wrong when I am say "strangers" - they are the one who either I met through a common friend, colleagues, pal or whoever I've known personally or its either I have encountered in social sites but with same passion as mine. Honestly, it took me some years to learn how to trust with people whom I don't know personally - I mean "physically". Thanks to those people who really proved that friendship is possible even you don't meet yet in person and it goes deeper when of course you meet in flesh.
I'm glad I met them all and up to now I am keeping and treasure them. I considered them as God's gift to me. I'm happy that as days, moths, and years passes by, the friendship I have with them gets deeper.

I am thankful for meeting people from different walks of life. Meeting people in unexpected way and with same passion as mine is great for me.

After the MAY Birthday Project 2012, I received an invitation from FB, at first I was hesitant to add her but when I saw that we have a common friend and aside her name is familiar already as I see her on Kcat's FB post, I added her. Few days after that, she send me message asking if I can keep in touch in one woman named Xenia. Since its for a good cause, I did until me and Xenia were connected through FB. Although there's something running in my mind "mataray ba sya, sosyal siguro..." when I first chatted with her magaan na ang loob ko sa kanya and I feel we've known each other for quite sometimes. The same feeling when I didn't meet yet Jessie, Kcat, Joanne, and Abhie - yung parang anything kaya nyong pagusapan although you don't know much personal things about each other. She even gave me some advices that I know will help me. After a week of chatting, we finally agreed to meet up and the location on their own house.
All the doubts in my mind were gone when I finally meet her on June 20, 2012 - its Wednesday and its my day!
For my whole 6 years here in Qatar, she's the only stranger na naglakas ng loob ako na i-meet and sa bahay ko pa nya talaga sya pinuntahan. Its for a good cause so maybe that's the reason malakas ang loob ko and aside I feel comfortable chatting with her so I assumed its the same in person. Well, its more than I expected :) she's very down to earth person, humble, and kind. In one word she is sensible. She made us feel that we are really welcome in their house, parang at home na at home naman talaga kami. I remember I had the same feeling when I met Joanne on their house, first meet up din namin and I feel so comfortable with her and with her family.
I know meeting Xen is just a start of another friendship. There will be another meal together not only dinner *_^  sarap nyang magluto!
While I'm writing this post bigla ko lang naisip that friendship is also like a painting. It started in a canvass put some color for its base until you add some color and other details on it until you created a work of art. Every friendship started in one simple hi or hello until followed by conversation or meeting up until it goes on and on and on and bloom into a deeper one.
 Thanks Xen! Looking forward for more kwentuhan and bonding moments. Thanks also for the artworks and for your compassion to help and reach out people who needs our love and concern.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Honesty & Trust

I had a very busy weekend last Friday, June 15, 2012. I had only 3 hours and 30 minutes sleep till Friday. And its all worth it. I ended my Friday talking with my friend for almost 8 hours on video call - well thanks Facebook, its actually my first time to try it. Thanks FB for making million miles seems few steps behind and for making 7 hours time difference like we're just in same time zone :))
That 8 hours of talking and chatting with him, moved me in a way especially those issues regarding life and relationships. I was really moved when he asked me about my past relationship, well that's the reason behind of this blog, I'm kinda affected? in a way as I examined and analyzed myself how all it was and how am I today. 
These are some of the issues that really made me think *_^

"Patingin ng pic ni ex boyfriend?"
Well I do have a hard copy but I am thinking where I put that. I don't have any soft copy anymore. It's been 6 years already and if there's one thing I have with my ex its the friendship that I will always treasure - nothing more! And aside the last time I talked to him is 2008 pa just to greet me on my birthday and to give me a piece of advice not to marry someone I don't really know. Another thing that will always be remind me of him is the most beautiful stolen picture that I have and I really do treasure.
I'm really thankful I had this picture :) This was taken May 2005 in one food chain in SM Batangas City, captured only by cellphone but since the person who captured this one is professional photographer, it turned out as good as this. Only after two years since the picture was taken,when I learned that I have this kind of pic. Buti na lang binigay nya pa rin at di pa nadelete *_^ Thanks Jerome!

"Bakit hindi ka ulit magtiwala, it doesn't mean naman na what happened before will happen again?"
That really stuck me. People usually misunderstood me na dahil I'm not in the relationship I am not yet move on or I'm still afraid to trust again, well its not that way.
Honestly, I'm enjoying my singlehood but it doesn't mean that my door is "closed" for anyone. Maybe I'm just taking some considerations but it doesn't mean that I don't want to be in a relationship already. 
Trust but verify. People usually misunderstood when we are trying to ask questions and sometimes interrogation to know something, they are telling "you don't trust me" - verification and not trusting is different.
Lets put in this way, when someone you know for quiet sometimes ask you to marry him, will you immediately say "yes" and plan ahead. Of course, you will try to reach possible people that can give you deeper and more information kung sino yung papakasalan mo - and the best is the family.  I admit when it comes to relationship practices (from courting to marrying siguro) I am still in old fashioned side.
Honesty and trust are must. They are two different thing but they should always go together. 
I love this picture I found last night ..

 For those who can't practice and live with HONESTY and TRUST please do not be in a relationship, you will just ruin one life.

Am I move on?
Yes I am. I am very thankful to the Lord that He healed all the wounds of the past and renew my heart.  Now, I am ready to take chances again, I know all things will not be in an ideal order but I already proved to myself that in growing up, heartaches and pains are part of it.
You don't need to be in a hurry in taking into a relationship - you need to be sure. When you commit to someone you must have a perspective that it will be a lifetime commitment, so if you are not sure about yourself better to be out as soonest, as you're both wasting the time for each other.
I am  "still few years" more from my "timeline" and for some its "only few years"  but whatever tomorrow may offer what I want is to be the best of what I can - whether single, in a relationship, married 'wag lang complicated =)

Thanks for a good chat!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

6 Years and Still Counting

Happy SIX years!
Thank you Lord for another year of blessings staying here in Doha,  Qatar.
Thank you for all the people who walked and still walking with me on my journey.
Thank you Tita Sylvia for sharing your blessings to us,  for letting us be in this country as well - for your love, care and guidance and for keeping me like your own daughter.
Thank you Balita family, na kahit nagdaan yung times na siksikan na tayo sa bahay sa dami natin, oo masaya pero lets admit never let us feel uneasy. During those times that I'm still looking for work and encountered some problems in my visa, you let me feel how much you really care for me. You never give up to encourage me and be positive as always. An endless gratitude to all of you.
Thank you Doha family, for the love and care and because of you homesickness is lessen =D Thank you my Pinas family, cousins and titas and titos for even in simplest way of sending something here, you let me feel that we're always love and remembered.
Thank you Tito Manding and Tita Neneth, for being one the person I look up to. For your advices and encouragements.
Thank you Kuya Matt and Ate Liezel for being good to me and for sharing not only your house but your home. Thank you Aleeza for making Tita Jen laugh especially when I am tired and I need someone to cheer me up. You are my "ms.tickle". Thank you Darwin, not only for being a housemate but for being a friend.
For six years, I truly earned so many friends here in Qatar. They are one of the few gems I have in my life. I want to mention all of your names but I'd rather not baka kasi may makalimutan..hehehe. You know who you are. Thank you for being good to me  - for  the friendship, love, and care that you imparted to me. I always say "may mga nawala, may mga tumalikod, may mga andito lang naman pero parang wala pero mas maraming nadagdag" I'm thankful to the people I have in my life at this moment, you are really worthy to have and treasured.
Thank you to my BS Manoura Group for continuously molding me, for your love and care, for the fellowships - super thank you that my Thursday is really worth it kahit puyat =)
Thank you to my QICM (Qatar International Christian Ministries) Family for the spiritual growth you are continuously imparting to me, for molding me not only to be a good person but to be a tough Christian. "One day in the house of God is better than a thousand days in the world" thankful and blessed I found you.
Thank you sa mga friends ko sa Philippines and other part of the world =). Even though we're miles away from each other ramdam na ramdam ko pa rin how warm your friendship, love, care and concern to me. Even though we have several hours difference from each other, it doesn't matter to you, isang text, isang tawag, isang email ko lang you responded immediately. Maraming maraming thank you sa inyong lahat.
Thank you to my family for being my inspiration especially in times that I want to give up. Thank you Lord for giving me a bonded family - a loving one. Thank you Mommy, Daddy, Bj & Len and even to JB and JJ. Thank you for even I am away you let me feel that we're only few steps away. You're my inspiration and reason why I am away. I  know in times we will be together again.
Thank you Doha for adopting me for 6 years and I know you will continuously shower and share me your blessings. Thank you for you've been good to me!
Thank you Lord, siksik, liglig at umaapaw na 6 na taon. Thank you very much for all the blessings. All the highest thanksgiving and praises is to you alone.
And as I walk to another year, continue to bless me O God and plant in my heart the desires that according to Your will alone.

*Before I finish this post, I had a chance to go out for lunch in the office - treat for myself =D

Thank you SUPERFRIENDS Louie, Kuya Ham, Nelson, Jane, Irene, Paulo, and Marvin.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I heart Wednesday 30.05.12

It's Wednesday!
It's a good day!
As I've always said there's always a good thing in every day. The day didn't welcome you in the way you wanted but believe me it still a good day in the end; there's always something to treasure, if you will open your heart to appreciates.
I almost welcome "my Wednesday" in the street, not literally in the street :) I mean inside the car. I left the office late and reach the house almost midnight.
And to be detailed I started my Wednesday ironing the clothes to wear the next day after few hours coz its already midnight. Checked my mail and received message from my cousin in Hawaii - Ate mae, and as this moment I was not able to get back on her message but I will....
I ended my Tuesday but its already Wednesday (confusing) in prayer. Let me share you a part of it...

"Lord thank you for blessing me today...ramdam na ramdam ko po how you really love me, salamat sa mga taong nasa paligid ko, for making everything go smoothly despite of my busy schedules. Thank you for keeping me safe as well as my family in the Philippines as well as my loved ones and friends. Super dami ko pong ipinagpapasalamat sa Inyo. It's Wednesday na po and I claimed it my surprise ka po ulit sa akin....continue to bless me and give strength, comforts me and give me JOY...."

I had my breakfast in the table alone. I 'm used to it as I needed to get it early. A cup of black coffee and two slices of loaf bread usually filled up my stomach every morning but today I had this one...

Thanks Ate Maribel :)

Having "siestas" (chicka with my mom as in anything under the sun lang) with my mom. Kung ano -ano lang, light usapan and kwentuhan. Sabi nga ng daddy ko one time "para lang kayong magkapitbahay kung magusap" Thanks to the new technology from cellphone to internet, all things are near, as I've always said "ang malayo malapit na rin". She told me that she and Daddy will go to SM. I miss going to the mall with them. Even I am a grown up, I'd still choose to be with them than to any other especially in shopping :)
I really really miss my family way back home but I need to fight and heal myself to homesickness. Thank you Lord for always comforting me.

I feel that the sun is smiling at me! The sunny day and the bright sky seems to tell how bless I am as I continue to watch the deserted part of the way heading to office. I feel so bless that I was able to have a green pasteur in the desert place of Doha, Qatar. This is not my ideal country to work to but I am super thankful I am here now.

LSS:  Walk by me; Walk by me across the lonely road of everyday.Take my arms and let your hand show me the way. Show the way to live inside your love.Lead me Lord. All my life...
Lead me Lord. Even though at times I'd rather go along my way. Help me take the right direction.Take your road. Lead me Lord and never leave my side. All my days, all my life.....You are my life. You're the lamb upon my feet. All the time, my Lord, I need you there. You are my life. I cannot live alone. Let me stay by your guiding love. All through my life. Lead me Lord

I heard those paper greets me as loud as those bold letters..hahaha

 *right and left view pa lang yan, my rear view pa :))

I always think if those papers /documents are not with me I will not be here....what for the company will hire me. My present company is my bread and butter for almost 6 years. I have my own sentiments on them but still I am grateful to them for so many reasons.
And because today is my favorite day, no room for stress *_^

"Umuulan ng pagpapala" as the song from Faith Music Manila goes....

Simple blessings no matter how little it is becomes huge when appreciated

Fresh lumpia from Kuya Jun D. - Thanks Kuya

First article I read today:
Super amazing talaga! I read so many article about the project but still I am overwhelm with joy and tears, kinikilabutan pa rin ako na parang hindi makapaniwala that it will really go that far.... Thank you talaga Kcat and Yarza family for giving me and other Doha cheerful givers a chance to be a part of this gift giving. 

Before I finish this post, I received an email from Kcat:

Dear Cheerful Givers of DOHA, Qatar,

Thank you so so so much for sharing your love with us. I really really really appreciate it. 'Til next yearsss, right? Take care & God bless!

♥Kcat Yarza

Today, my plan to go out the office earlier than usual is already settled - harangan man ng sibat I will go out the office at 6:00 p.m. its because of this:


An invitation from SUPERFRIEND MARVIN - pre birthday celebration!
Another treasured moments na hindi kailangan palampasin *_^

Happy happy Birthday MARVIN!
God bless you more and more "siksik, liglig, at umaapaw"

Be thankful everyday in everything you have - whether its a good or not so good things/people/or circumstances you are facing. ALL OF THOSE ARE BLESSINGS. Appreciates what you have and even those that you haven't. Isipin mo na lang hindi ikaw ang sarili mo ngayon kung wala or meron man ng mga bagay na 'yon.

Happy Wednesday
God bless

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Musings on Wednesday - 23.05.12

I am really excited since yesterday and I don't really know the exact reason why - all I know its Wednesday after Tuesday :), its Wednesday today!
Here's my random thoughts, encounters, and realizations on the half of my Wednesday.

* early morning May 23 read one post of Simplicity Truth, the gist: Stay simple even you already achieve what you want in life. Be humble

* "Not all who are wandering are lost" 
Oo naman baka namamasyal lang ..hehehe

* breakfast with Aleeza
Aleeza: Tita, what's that? (pointing on my cup)
Me: Coffee
A: That's bad for you
M: Nope, according to the latest article that I read, COFFEE is GOOD for our body but we must only consume up to maximum of 5 cups a day.
A: Really? so you must do (drinking) it fast so after one cup then another

Since I was not sure to the number of cup of coffee to take I read it again, and says:
"Still health experts don't recommend overdoing your coffee intake. The US-based Mayo Clinic suggests no more than two to four cups a day, since more than that can cause insomnia, upset stomach, and anxiety."

Hahaha...well, I'm wrong saying that 5 cups is fine, hmmm...just trying to justify myself in taking more than 4 cups a day (sometimes)

To read the whole article: Coffee lovers may live longer. And it reminds me of my cousins in the Philippines when I just recently saw their picture in Starbucks. From 3 years old to 30 is a coffee lover or should I say SB addicts *_^...well coffee time is a bonding with benefits

* "Cause I close my eyes thinking of ways to realize, how it is for me to see you go"

* "ang ganda mo" - hazel / me: "mas maganda ka"
receiving and giving compliments sincerely can make your morning bright :)

* Life is a matter of choices. Choosing happiness over anger is one of them - Inspiration -

* "pag dami ng working experiences, mas mataas ang mga salary offers" - Mommy
True, naisip ko tuloy parang antique items lang mas luma mas mataas ang presyo ^_^

*  Sandstorm strikes Doha again, while enjoying the music of Hillsong while traveling going to office, I saw a flying white plastic and the first thing enters into my mind parang tao din lang....may mga tao din na kung saan na lang liparin ng kung anong meron sila doon na lang pumupunta. LIFE is a CHOICE. Each of us are given the FREE WILL to live in whatever way we want that's why we cannot blame others if we fail from the choice we choose.

* I'm craving for CHEESE STICKS!

For the meantime I will enjoy first my lunch - "palabok"

My Wednesday is not yet over and I know there's something MORE!

Happy Wednesday!
Enjoy and be blessed *_^

Tuesday, May 15, 2012



Kudos to all CHEERFUL GIVERS & VOLUNTEERS who been a part of the SUCCESS of MAY Birthday Project 2012.  Thank you Kcat and Yarza Family for giving us a chance to share, give, and reach out others even we are physically miles away to them.

Happy as is SUPER HAPPY! yan ang feeling ko after I've watched the pictures of MAY Birthday Project 2012. Unexplainable, if only I can show to you the exact emotions that my heart feel for you to understand the JOY I feel up to now, may after shock pa rin :) I'm just thinking how much more those people who are there in the event and they can interact personally to the recipients of all gifts that we shared.
It's my second year on MAY Birthday PROJECT and I feel the difference, although I'm not yet physically present in the event. This year I can say that I was moved more, more effort, more time, more dedication and I was molded to give "more" love. I'm glad also to be with more friends in being a part of the event. Encouraging people to be on the same compassion as yours in extending help is not that easy; not all of your friends can have the same involvement even they are passionate as well in reaching out people. Compassion and passion has really big difference. 
PRAYER is a big part of me in being a part of MAY Birthday PROJECT. God really answers prayer! He touched people to share and give their blessings in whatever way they can. Truly if everything will be lifted unto Him all things are possible.
taken on PGH Gymnasium May 12, 2012 before the MAY Birthday Project gift giving

Despite of my busy schedule at work, God arrange everything - from composing emails and making posters for the fund raising, collecting books for the book  sale, sending emails and posting in on the site, getting in touch to some people who are willing to give their pledges. Until now I am asking "paano ko nga ba nagawa yon mag-isa?" well I maybe physically alone in doing those things but I am thankful I have friends and family who are in a way inspires me and pushing me to go on. To Kcat Yarza, you never fail to inspire me and to Tita Madge, isa kang SUPER WOMAN talaga! 
I didn't make it physically in the event, if may 24/7 siguro ang MBP nagsubscribe na ako :). Before the event pa lang super excited na ako...I'm thinking nga siguro kung kasama talaga ako sa event physically baka hindi na ako makatulog sa sobrang excitement :-) But even I was not there, they made it possible for me to be in a way part , "semi-physical" as I called it. SUPER THANK YOU!

Special thanks to angel Kathreen Ann Banico for being my "body" bigla akong naging sexy :))

Until now I'm still overwhelm and from time to time I'm trying to look the pictures that Kcat has posted. Last night while browsing the pictures hindi ko napigilan to shed tears and sabi nga ni Kcat, TEARS OF JOY. I feel so happy that in a little way that I've done together with the CHEERFUL GIVERS of Doha maraming bata and even old ones na napasaya at nabigyan ng bagong pag-asa, nabago ang mga pananaw sa buhay at naipadama na may nagmamahal sa kanila.

For more pictures, click the following links:

All things are worth it! Ang pagod at hirap were all paid seeing those smiles in face of the patients, and on my case hearing the stories shared by Kcat and Tita Madge; reading those comments on the FB ramdam na ramdam ko how happy those people who joined in extending their love and sharing out their blessings. I'm super happy to see that "virus of good deeds" are spreading. 
Thank you Lord, for the lives of these people. Thank you for planting the gift of sharing and giving to their hearts and for letting them move to extend the love we received from You to others. Bless them continuously and abundantly so they may continue to share their blessings. Continue to spread the "virus" of good deeds and we claimed it Lord that double of these people will be on MAY  Birthday PROJECT 2013. In Jesus name, AMEN

Till next year!
God bless us all.