Archive for June, 2005

baby pic06.30.05

Our team leader, Ms Carol wanted us to look for a baby pic. So I found myself one and it made me smile coz I don’t have a lot of baby pics but from the small number that I got, I was always crying. I’ll post some of the other pics soon. So here’s the starter.. :)

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cleared mind, settled heart06.29.05

I want to thank all my friends who prayed for me when I was in my most difficult time. I found out that love conquers all. Time is what I needed…and he gave it. Thanks again. I’m okey now. WE are okey now. Thank you again. I want to share this. This is my background picture for my PC. While I’m doing this, it made me realize what I had all along and why it made me special and happy. And I really am.

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ARROYO06.28.05

Because of the wired tape (according to them, it contains the conversation of GMA and a COMELEC official about the previous Presedential election) that came out last week, our country right now is in deep shit (sorry for the language). GMA first did not say anything about this issue. She did not deny nor admit it. And who will? It will show that she did violate the election procedure. With this matter, WE, the people are the ones that’s greatly affected. The thing is, the other politicians will try to put her down even more, or let me say, the economy more. It’s kinda funny though, because the other politicians are acting as if they have clear conscience as well, huh-huh. Do you think so? I think the fault here is with GMA getting herself caught with whatever she’s doing. Mind you, I don’t like her, and the other politicians, and I don’t like what they are doing with the country. I don’t like it all.

WHAT follows is the full text of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s statement on June 27, 2005 on the issue of the tape recordings. It’s for you to decide…

Mga Minamahal kong Kababayan,

For the last several weeks, the issue of the tape recordings has spun out of control. Tonight, I want to set the record straight. You deserve an explanation; from me, because you are the people I was elected to serve.

As you recall, the election canvassing process was unnecessarily slow even after the election results were already in and the votes had been counted.

I was anxious to protect my votes and during that time had conversations with many people, including a Comelec official. My intent was not to influence the outcome of the election, and it did not. As I mentioned, the election had already been decided and the votes counted. And as you remember, the outcome had been predicted by every major public opinion poll, and adjudged free, fair and decisive by international election observers, and our own Namfrel.

That said, let me tell you how I personally feel, I recognize that making any such call was a lapse in judgment. I’m sorry. I also regret taking so long to speak before you on this matter. I take full responsibility for my actions and to you and to all those good citizens who may have had their faith shaken by these events. I want to assure you that I have redoubled my efforts to serve the nation and earn your trust.

Nagagambala ako. Maliwanag na may kakulangan sa wastong pagpapasya ang nangyaring pagtawag sa telepono.//pinagsisisihan ko ito ng lubos.// Pinana’gutan ko nang lubusan ang aking mga ginawa at humuhingi ako ng tawad sa inyo, sa lahat ng mga butihing mamamayan na nabawasan ng tiwala dahil sa mga pangyayaring ito. Ibig kong tiyakin sa inyo na lalo pa akong magsisikap upang maglingkod sa bayan at matamo ang inyong tiwala.
I took office with a mandate to carry out a plan for the nation. Since that time, I have focused on making the tough but necessary decisions to make up for years of economic neglect. We passed a comprehensive fiscally responsible national budget; raised new and necessary revenues to reinvest in the people; and implemented new anti-corruption measures that have led to the highest collection of taxes in history.

Nothing should stand in the way of this work, or the next phase of my reform agenda, which includes new investments in education and social services with our new revenues; and an expansion of our successful anti-corruption and lifestyle checks.
That is why I want to close this chapter and move on with the business of governing.
I ask each and every one of you to join hands with me in a show of unity, to help forge One Philippines, where everyone is equal under the law, and where everyone has the opportunity to use their God-given talents to make a better life.

Our nation is strong and getting stronger. The progress is steady and I ask you to walk with me on this journey to rebuild our great nation. I remain your humble servant and promise you that I will fulfill my constitutional oath of office to serve the people to the best of my ability.
God Bless the Philippines.

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meeting with atty06.23.05

This is “us” when we went to Atty. Abad. Aren’t we cute? As if we don’t have any problems at all, becasue we are together!!! Good for us!!!

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same ground06.21.05

I don’t know why I want to have a “cool off” with Alex. After he said that he wasn’t free for our anniversary trip. It really broke my heart. How can he have time for others when he doesn’t have anytime for both of us on our most special day? I’m really hurt. Is it right that I should feel as if he doesn’t prioritize our relationship? I wanna have some time-off to myself. Old doubts are coming back. I want to really have this “cool off” for both of us but I’m afraid that…and what if?… and then in the end I would feel as if I am on the same ground.

Same Ground
by Kitchie Nadal

My love
It’s been a long time since i cried
And left you out of the blue
It’s hard
Leaving you the way
When i never really wanted to

Self denial
Is a game so strange i never really should’ve wanted
Til there was you
Cause i have learned that love was beyond
What human can imagine
More it clears
The more i gotta let you go

’cause what i don’t understand
Is why i’m feeling so bad now
When i know it was my idea
I could’ve just denied the truth and lied
Now why am i the only one standing stranded
On the same ground

My love
It’s been a long time since i cried
And left you out of the blue
It’s hard
Leaving you the way
When i never really wanted to

Self denial
Is a game so strange i never really should’ve wanted
Til there was you
Cause i have learned that love
Is a word just thrown
A litlle bit too much of this
Excuse to fill this infinite of desire
And nevere ever have to fade

Cause what i don’t understand
Is why i’m feeling so bad now
When i know it was my idea
I could’ve just denied the truth and lied
Now why am i the only one standing stranded
On the same ground

If all else fail
Would you be there to love me?
When all else fails
Would you be brave to see right through me?

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cute friends…forever06.11.05

To add on our tons and tons of pictures…

with Aimz

with Malen

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SAMAR ESCAPADE06.08.05

May 11 is the last day of work before the eve of our departure. Alex fetched us from Cubao coz my bag is big and heavy…and you know, I’ll be gone for 12 days and sure he’ll miss me. Yeah!!! We had some pictures taken by Len which is so sweet…my golly polly!!! My baby makes my heart swing…lol!!! We also purchased Len’s life jacket at Sportshouse in Cubao coz Luv already got mine at SM North Edsa. I also purchased new Speedo Jet Goggles-Navy Blue, which is really cool with its anti-fogging feature. I’m sure that I’m going to miss my family and Alex very much but I know I need this break time from all that business of my life. Ha! Ha!
After work, we slept a little. Then we prepared to go to Cubao since our scheduled departure was 10am.

We had reservations at Elavil, according to Malen that bus is comfortable even though it’s an ordinary bus and we should not try the air conditioned bus since it’s my first time to travel that far, and I may get very, very dizzy. So we met Auntie Lydia, Auntie Mayette, Angeline, Rica and others at the Bus Station in Ali Mall, Cubao. We were seated just on the back of the driver, but not on the VIP seat. Then Auntie Lydia told us that we need spoon and fork for our ‘baon’. So Len and I went to Shopwise and bought some. Our bus left the station around 10:45 am. There’s a little bit of traffic in Cubao to Ortigas. I really enjoyed the view once we entered the South Luzon Expressway. I really enjoyed the green view, the fields, and the wind on my face, Malen on my side talking everything useful but then again sometimes non sense. We reached Pagbilao, Quezon around 3pm. First stop over. We had lunch. We ate the packed lunch prepared by Auntie Lydia. After that it’s a continuous drive again from Pagbilao to Camarines Sur. Now after the first stop, the view now really changed. I feel like as if I’m really in the province now. I see Anahaw, the Philippines National Leaf. It’s really big; I could only see that in my elementary books before. It’s really nice. I really like the continuous change of view from rice fields to big trees to houses to coconut tree. The next stop is around 8:30pm in Camarines Sur, according to the Len, we will reach the Matnog after six hours. Matnog is where we will ride a big ferry boat that will transfer us (including the bus) to the island of Visayas.

Rica said that in this part of the country, I can already see the Mt. Mayon (the volcano with a perfect angle) unfortunately it’s already dark…maybe on our trip back to Manila, I’ll be able to see that! Hopefully! We ate again in Camarines and we clean our selves, you know…were kinda sticky…lol…then we’re ready for the night to get some sleep. I was asleep instantly after 10 minutes. Malen woke me when we are already in Matnog. We have to step out of the bus and get a ticket. We boarded the Ferry Boat around 11:15pm.

At the Ferry Boat, we just stayed outside and enjoyed the night view…lol…it’s really dark so there is no really any view…lol…we reached Allen, the island of Visayas around 12:15 am.
Then we have to ride the bus again for at least 2 1/2 hours. We reached Rawis around 4am and we decided that we will not ride the motor boat yetcoz it’s still very dark. While we were waiting at Kaon-Kaonan (a small resto), we figured out that there’s a missing bag and that bag is mine. So, Malen kinda freaked out. We kinda created a small commotion at Rawis. I can understand that coz she does not want me to be disappointed on my first trip to Samar. I don’t know why but I was not nervous. I know we can get it back again.Then Rica said that he saw another bag that was left in the bus. So Len and I have to follow the bus back to Catubig. We rode a tricycle to go there. On our way to Catubig, we saw thebus but the driver did not saw us so he just continued driving to Rawis. Well, since he went back to Rawis, we want to go back but the tricycle driver has somebody rode with us so we have to fetch her first. I saw Catubig for the first time, the road is newly cemented. The ricefields is wonderful. The sunrise is breath taking. Well, I guess I can see some thing good on a bad situation. LOL!

We reached Rawis again after 1 1/2 hours. And thank you Lord that my bag is there. So everything is now forgotten and we rode the motor boat to Palapag. The motor boat ride took us 45 minutes. It’s really hard to make conversation because of the very loud noise coming out of the engine. So we just satisfied ourselves looking at the Visayas Horizon and took some pictures to keep.

When we reached Palapag, we have to ride a jeepney. This is our last stop! I’m dying to get a shower. 2 more hours…lol!!! I’m excited to see Len’s hometown. It was a rough rode to Anito but it’s really exciting. But I lost my big red hanky that was tied on my hair. From the road, you can see the view sea now. The view is magnificent. The sea is glistening. The air is fresh. Possible that it’s the reason why I got so sleepy and fell asleep. Malen woke me up coz we’re nearly there. We stopped in front of their house. I can see now his brother, Marlon and her other cousins (Minnee, Yaleen and others). I saw Nanay and Tatay, also Len’s grandma and especially Inday.

Inday’s real name is Kristine Dorothy. She’s really cute and very smart. And she’s only three years old. She loves to dance Choco-la-te and Achoopeta.

On our first day at Anito, we just stayed there. We took a bath and then we took siesta. Our siesta took us 5 hours. LOL! Not a short-sleep at all. (A siesta is a short nap taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal.) We woke up around 7pm. We had dinner and we strolled a little. We went to Sara-yaw, a disco like place where the barangay officials held their annual celebration since it’s Liwas or the night before the fiesta.

It’s the first time that I saw the “SARA-YAW”. The oldies are dancing cha-cha which is very cool. I remember my mom and dad coz they used to dance “cha-cha” at home. LOL!!! Which is really sweet. After couple of minutes of watching, we decided to go home and get some sleep.
One thing I can say here, if you are in a province, you will really get fat (if you are not yet…then be ready. if you’re already one then, it you’ll be even fatter) because of the fresh sea foods and the very unpolluted air (not like in Manila). For dinner we had a very deliciosus fish, which you cannot eat the skin.

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SALAD06.08.05

I think, kitchen and me doesn’t mix well when it comes to cooking. But when it comes to eating…hehehe…well it’s different. Eversince I was a kid, it’s really my weakness. I really want to know how to cook well. I don’t want to be a chef or something but I really want to know how. I remember once that I ask my mom why do you have to chop the onions differently.

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Tell Me Where It Hurts06.04.05

I’m starting to like this song…I like the version of M.Y.M.P. Go ahead sing with me. Hmmm…

Why is that sad look in your eyes
Why are you crying?
(Tell me now, tell me now)
Tell me why you’re feelin’ this way
I hate to see you so down, oh baby!

Is it your heart
Oh, that’s breakin’ all in pieces
Makin’ you cry
And makin’ you feel blue
Is there anythin’ that I can do

Why don’t you tell me where it hurts now, baby
And I’ll do my best to make it better
Yes, I’ll do my best to make those tears all go away
Just tell me where it hurts
Now, tell me
And I love you with a love so tender
Oh and if you let me stay
I’ll love all of the hurt away

Where are all those tears coming from
Why are they falling?
somebody, somebody, somebody left your heart in the cold
You just need somebody to hold on, baby
(Give me a chance)
To put back all the pieces
Take hold of your heart
Make it just like new
There’s so many things that I can do

Why don’t you tell me where it hurts now, baby
And I’ll do my best to make it better
Yes, I’ll do my best to make those tears all go away
Just tell me where it hurts
Now, tell me
And I love you with a love so tender
Oh and if you let me stay
I’ll love all of the hurt away

Is it your heart
Oh, that’s breakin’ all in pieces
Makin’ you cry
makin’ you feel blue
Is there anythin’ that I can do

Why don’t you tell me where it hurts now, baby
And I’ll do my best to make it better
Yes, I’ll do my best to make those tears all go away
Just tell me where it hurts
Now, tell me
And I love you with a love so tender
Oh and if you let me stay
I’ll love all of the hurt away

Tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me baby
Tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me
And I’ll do my best to make it better
Yes, I’ll do my best to make the tears all go away
Just tell me where it hurts
Now, tell me
And I love you with a love so tender
Oh, and if you let me stay
I’ll love all of the hurt away

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Life is What Matters06.02.05

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours, or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten,
Will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies
Will finally disappear.

So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks
You lived, at the end.

It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant,
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built;
Not what you got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice
That enriched, empowered, or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew,
But how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.
What will matter is not your memories,
But the memories that live in those who love you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered,
By whom, and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance, but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.

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