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Holiday Laughters

The lights have been dimmed and it’s ultimately bedtime. I can hear the ticking clock and the buzz of the airconditioning unit. But greater than the silence of the night, your laughter rings cheerfully in my head. 

This is indeed a great long weekend with you. And on this particular day I get to hear a lot of your giggles and strong happy words. And even though your voice keeps on resounding as I try to sleep, I still haven’t gotten enough of it. 

I love you dearly my little child. Your laughter is gold, your smiles are gems, and your hugs and kisses are my treasures. You are God’s wonderful gift. 

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Where Do Christians Stand

In these days when an average of 35 persons are killed per day because of drugs… 

Either extrajudicially or because they attempted to fight the authorities

Or it might be their drug lords who are afraid of being traced who put them down. 

Where do we Christians stand? 

In these days of terminal-stage transport woes in the capital city of the country… 

When you need over 2 hours to travel a 15-km distance during rush hours. 

And all other means of getting to work is desperately inconvenient. 

Where do we Christians stand? 

In these days when the rich remain to be rich, and the oppressed are oppressed all the more…

That the treatment of society is based on one’s stature, and not how God sees mankind. 

When cries remain to be silent tears in the midnight, and by daylight smiles conceal the hurt. 

Where do we Christians stand? 

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Habagat Break

Today is a break from the habagat season of heavy rains and whirlwinds. After more than a week of day-to-night downpours over the metropolitan and some parts of the rest of the Philippines, Mr. Sunshine finally showed up with his windy blow that sweeps so low over the city’s structures with its surviving vegetation and people.  

As I watch the bending trees and agitated leaves of the greenery outside, with that beam of sunlight on their surfaces, I am taken back to a place and time of my distant past.

Same windy days and sunny afternoons such as this when I arrive at my grandmother’s home in Pangasinan for my elementary and highschool vacations. It’s after a five-hour exhausting bus ride from our home, and then a 30-minute tricycle ride towards the inmost part of the barrio where I grew up as a toddler. During that ride and upon reaching the house the swinging greenery greets me as my grandmother would warmly let me in and offer me her freshly-cooked palitaw or my favorite tambu-tambong.

Ah, the days gone by!!! It’s amazing how in the midst of my busy life there is a time warp through which I can go back to those easy days of my youth.

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Dear Son… 

It will be several years before you read this. When you’re in grade-school perhaps, or when you’re all grown up with a family of your own. I just want to write this letter so you would know how your father and I are enjoying each moment with you.

 

From the moment you wake up with that ready smile on your face, or with a loud wail because I am not by your side, or with that mischievous yell telling us that you’re gonna rock the house in no time.

 

We love your pull at any of our hands to prompt us to get you upstairs for some playtime or milktime; or towards the kitchen to open the refrigerator for some sweet treats.

 

We love how you insist having your own toothbrush with a smear of toothpaste whenever you see us brushing our own teeth. And did you know how great you were as you learned brushing your teeth by just imitating your father. You’re just 22 months old but you have developed the habit willingly and cooperatively!

 

We love the decibels as you shout at the top of your lungs when you stomp your feet or when you run around our lovely house. It’s out of your happiness or out of your running from your fresh diapers. Did I mention how you scream in the shower as the water droplets begin drenching your body during bathtime.

 

We love your little hands that pick up the utensils and get your share of food from our plate. How we want to fill your tummy with all the good things. You also pick up the food by your hand, leaving no mess behind.

 

We love that you organize many things around the house by piling them up into a line, or putting them above each other. You also know that after playtime all toys go into those drawers.

 

We love how you love your slippers because they are your keys towards the fresh air outside. You can run and play in our yard and along the streets with your friends. You’ve got a lot of friends in the neighborhood. We’re amazed how congenial you are!

 

We love the TV shows and commercials that turn on that dancing and singing buttons in you. Indeed we can never be happier just watching you enjoy even those things.

 

We love how you laugh at silly things that we do – from making your stuffed toys alive, to putting on dipper-like objects on your big head as if they were caps, to slapping each others’ butts.

 

We love your first words although most of the time it’s only you who understands. We know that there will come a time when we can fully understand each other, but right now we try our best to understand you by heart.

 

We love your delight in our escapades. You’re that child who’s easily transported, how you made it easy for us to travel from our house to anywhere. And for the record, you never pooped inside the mall or church or anywhere where it’s so difficult to clean you up. But we even love watching you poop! You have the most handsome face no matter what you do!

 

We love the bravery as you discovered that water is not your enemy. How you want to walk in the swimming pool and you never wanted to leave the slide.

 

And until the moment when you get fussy and wouldn’t know how to fight the sleepyness anymore, we love the little child that you are! Until that last nudge of the day, or that last dance as  we carry you into a little dance, or that last hug to seal the night of hums and lullabies… We love those sleepy little eyes that slowly shut into your handsome white face. And those red lips that rest into a small silent opening. And then you’re asleep… Until those moments of our waking hours we enjoy watching you.

 

We love you so much, son! We thank God so much for giving you to us. You are our home.

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Physical Money

I always strived to manage my finances at least when I was about to get married. Up to this point I’m able to pay the bills and replenish the refrigerator as needed,  but somehow there are times when my money gets a little messed up. 

How is this? 

I pay my bills and groceries using my credit card. There are also some transactions with my family members that we transfer money to each other. Sometimes my bank account serves as the transfer means. So I’m dealing with online money and physical money at the same time, in a cycle that’s not definite. 

For a change, I wanted to really keep track of where does my money go after receiving my salary through my payroll bank account. 

It’s an old school way but I think this is going to work for me. 

I assigned several envelops for each of my financial concerns. Each time I receive an income, I will put the physical money into the corresponding envelop. I will also physically transfer the money from an envelop to the other. For example, when a birthday gift is purchased through credit card, I’ll get the amount from the “special occassions” envelop into the “bills”.

I will also keep a log per envelop to facilitate tracking. I really hope that with this I can be a better steward of my income. 

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PS Bank Cars for Sale

We’re searching for our next car!


Although buying a brand new one is a great option as we can avail of the interest-free privilege in the office, we still consider the second-hand option to be debt-free sooner.

This is exciting and I’m going to share with you my own experience searching at PS Bank. Thanks to my husband for exploring it first, then I had my own trip to the warehouse!

It’s best to download or view the current list of cars for sale by visiting their website and clicking on the “Cars for Sale List”. You can also find other details in this website.

When I got the list, I highlighted all that passed my “filters” or criteria. Toyota and Mitsubishi, less than 20,000 kms, 2013 and up, automatic transmission. I came up with a list of about ten cars before going to the warehouse located at:

220 Mañalac Ave. Bagong Tanyag, East

Service Road, Taguig City

 

It was a fair Friday morning of travel from Quezon City and because of heavy traffic along the service road, I arrived at 11:00 AM.

 

Upon arrival the guard on duty made me log in. I was informed that I should get a number and while waiting I can look at the cars. So after getting my number I went to see the items in my list, and crossed-out some items as I went. Why did I cross them out? Because they did not seem acceptable. For me, replaced tires, scratches and dents, and unpleasant smell are some reasons that would make me not fall in love with that unit. Good thing that my list was trimmed down because I will only be given three keys to open and start up. Unfortunately, test-driving is not allowed.

 

When my number was called, my list was cut into around five cars, and was trimmed all the more when the agent informed me that some of those cars have troubles either in the documentation or in the vehicle itself.

 

I was captivated by one car but unfortunately it has already been sold out.

 

It was a frustrating ending because I haven’t chosen our next car, but anyway the experience is worth it.

 

I left the warehouse at around 2PM.

 

Hope to tell the story of how we got our next car once we get it!

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PS Bank Cars for Sale

We’re searching for our next car!


Although buying a brand new one is a great option as we can avail of the interest-free privilege in the office, we still consider the second-hand option to be debt-free sooner.

This is exciting and I’m going to share with you my own experience searching at PS Bank. Thanks to my husband for exploring it first, then I had my own trip to the warehouse!

It’s best to download or view the current list of cars for sale by visiting their website and clicking on the “Cars for Sale List”. You can also find other details in this website.

When I got the list, I highlighted all that passed my “filters” or criteria. Toyota and Mitsubishi, less than 20,000 kms, 2013 and up, automatic transmission. I came up with a list of about ten cars before going to the warehouse located at:

220 Mañalac Ave. Bagong Tanyag, East

Service Road, Taguig City

 

It was a fair Friday morning of travel from Quezon City and because of heavy traffic along the service road, I arrived at 11:00 AM.

 

Upon arrival the guard on duty made me log in. I was informed that I should get a number and while waiting I can look at the cars. So after getting my number I went to see the items in my list, and crossed-out some items as I went. Why did I cross them out? Because they did not seem acceptable. For me, replaced tires, scratches and dents, and unpleasant smell are some reasons that would make me not fall in love with that unit. Good thing that my list was trimmed down because I will only be given three keys to open and start up. Unfortunately, test-driving is not allowed.

 

When my number was called, my list was cut into around five cars, and was trimmed all the more when the agent informed me that some of those cars have troubles either in the documentation or in the vehicle itself.

 

I was captivated by one car but unfortunately it has already been sold out.

 

It was a frustrating ending because I haven’t chosen our next car, but anyway the experience is worth it.

 

I left the warehouse at around 2PM.

 

Hope to tell the story of how we got our next car once we get it!