Oct 29, 2013

Heavenly hues on the eve of my special day


I see skies of blue..... clouds of white
Bright blessed days....dark sacred nights
And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world.

I got treated to an early birthday lunch buffet


Oct 27, 2013

Trick or Treat - Our First


Thanks to social media, tv and the malls, Halloween or "Trick or Treat"-ing has become a trend, no, a tradition where we are (Cebu) now. It seems like I have been living under a rock not to be suckered into the hype. My older sons aged 20 and 17 never experienced trick or treating when they were younger. I hope they didn't miss out on anything. Hihi.

My 9yo son, Jake, got invited by my cousin to join their first trick or treat rounds in their new neighborhood. When I told him about it, he got excited. In all his 9 years, he was actually going to his first! Although I knew it would entail some expense like buying a costume, a mask or a prop to dress up for the part, we went along. So it was actually a first for us too.

The day before the event, we were at the mall to check out some costumes. There were a lot of options, but like I said, none came easy on the pocket. We settled for a black shirt and a pair of camouflage pants that converts to a pair of shorts. He had a saturator gun and helmet at home anyway, so he might as well just come as a soldier. He agreed, and oh, how he loved the idea! He was so fired up with his outfit for that day that he even wore the pants (as shorts) during the morning mass. He was that excited.

Because we weren't familiar with the mechanics and the route, we were at cousin M's place early. I was impressed by her preparation from the decor to the food. It was a full blown kiddie party, I tell you. Cousin M and her family did a good job! The kids and adults alike had a great time and didn't seem to mind the uphill and downhill trek from house to house to collect their treats.

It was a fun way to bond. Thanks cousin M! I'm glad Jake experienced the whole thing together with his cousins and friends, and before he thinks he's too old for it.

Cousins and Friends


Trick or Treat!


Homemade burger and egg breakfast by hubby


Oct 26, 2013

Doing It In The Middle Of The Living Room


Aside from the headstand which I need to learn to execute without help, the other pose I'm currently practicing is the Virabhadrasana III or warrior pose. It's really not as easy as it looks but it sure works my core and leg muscles. If only I could hold the pose on each side for at least five full breaths... :)

the inspiration for the pose

A Hairy Story


Oct 25, 2013

Bohol On My Mind

After the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October 15, 2013, we have been seeing pictures of destroyed bridges, collapsed churches and houses and fissured roads in Bohol. Even without being there, one could get a feel of the pitiful scenario of survivors especially those in remote areas, scrambling for relief goods, some to the point of begging by the roadside. They have been requesting for water, food, medicine, and tarpaulin to shield them from the elements. With continuous aftershocks in varying intensities and frequencies, it is far from over. It may take time to rebuild and get back to what and how Bohol used to be.

But once again, the resilience of Filipinos in the face of crisis, most especially the Bol-anons, and the bayanihan spirit manifested by people from all over make me hopeful that everything will be okay. God bless the generous souls, donations continue to pour in. Thank heavens for selfless doctors, medical missions are ongoing. Though the scenario may seem bleak for now, with everybody pitching in in his own little way, Bohol will rise again. There is no other way but up. Bohol will get back to what and how she used to be.

A few years back we had the chance to see Bohol and her natural beauty. In a series of old family pictures, this is how I remember her...

Photos from April 2007

Jake with a stuffed tarsier toy
Jake and stuffed tarsier

at Carmen, going up

with officemates at Carmen to view the Chocolate Hills

a real tarsier sighting at Sagbayan Peak
Tarsier sighting (Sagbayan Peak)

our family at Sagbayan Peak with part of the Chocolate Hills in the background
Family pic at Sagbayan Peak

Sagbayan Peak

inside Hinagdanan Cave
Inside Hinagdanan Cave


Loboc River
Serenity (Loboc)

during our Loboc River Cruise
Jerry and me  (Loboc)

Loboc river cruise

Loboc river cruise

man-made forest


off to Balicasag to snorkel
Mykah, Kyle, Matt & me

Kyle, Matt, Jake, Jerry

brain corals at Balicasag
Brain coral

picture-perfect Panglao beach

my boys enjoying the pristine sand

Jake and the powdery white sand (Panglao)

overjoyed Matt and Kyle
Overjoyed (Panglao)

Matt with starfish (Panglao)

Photos from June 2011

Chocolate Hills in Carmen
bohol chocolate hills

bohol chocolate hills2

wishing well at Carmen, before it collapsed
bohol wishing well

Jake and the tarsier
bohol tarsier

Baclayon Church
bohol baclayon church

bohol baclayon church2

Blood Compact monument
bohol blood compact

Oct 24, 2013

Luneta in the late 1960s


That's me in Pa's arms, squinting against the glare of the sun. Next to Pa is Ma, then pregnant with my younger brother.  

I find it awesome looking at old photos and seeing people in the 1960s all dressed up in their fashionable, well-tailored, nicely pressed clothes, and in leather shoes or ladies sandals. Everyone looked very well put together here even if it was just for an afternoon stroll at the park to catch some rays and fresh sea breeze at the Luneta of yesteryears.