Friday, February 01, 2013
3 days later I got my notice. $150 fine! my oh my.... I so sure I didn't violate any rule so I asked the police to explain what I breached. Instead of an explanation, what I received is a letter telling me that they are reversing the infringement. Baka tinatamad o nakalimutan na nung officer yung incident. Nevertheless, I am victorious with no dime spared.
Kaya kung may katuwiran, ipaglaban.
Friday, January 18, 2013
goodness me... wonder how I will melt to Manila's summer heat. It's summer now in NZ and the weather forecast today in Akl says highest temp = 20degC (lowest is 13). It going to be very hot on Tues at 26deg but the overnight temp is 18 (uy parang Manila din).
Monday, January 14, 2013
Today Henry starts his new job. Well the job is pretty much the same, it's the company and location that are vastly new. To begin with, it's 80kms to get there from home and back. That's such a mission considering that his previous employment is 10kms only. The new job has very good potentials so the distance doesn't worry him. But Shannen minds it. Maiiba kasi ang after-school arrangement nila. Instead of Henry picking them up from school, they will be going home by bus. Wala na yung dairy treats nila couple of times a week. For Vince, he's fine. He understands that the move is going to make his dad happier. And although he is not excited about it, he is preparing to be the 'in-charge'.
New year, new challenges, new promises. I'm sure it's going to be a good one.
Today (5th Dec 2012), I decided to do something special for Shannen. Instead of having lunch at work, I took my food with me and drove to her school. Shannen was pleasantly surprised to see me. We sat down with on one of the lovely macrocarpa benches in the school ground as we eat. Kids who walked past looked at her with envy as she munches the KFC fries I gave her. Special di ba :)
Saturday, November 03, 2012
When I heard the news from Vince about what happened to them that morning on their way to te bus stop, I immediately rang the Council to make a report. The animal mgmt officer rang me the following day to inform me that he paid the neighbor a visit however no one was home. Apparently, they moved out on the day of the incident. Maybe they were so busy that the dog managed to sneak out (I dont normally see dogs on our street).
I explained to Shannen that she wont see the dog again but it wasn't enough to calm her agitated nerves. I've been trying to talk her out of her fear but a scaredy-cat myself, I know it's not easy.
Friday, August 10, 2012
I grew up in Bulacan where our experience of flood is minimal and sometimes enjoyable (masarap magtampisaw). When I moved to Malabon, it was a totally different experience. Well it’s not really bad where we stayed but when torrential rain and high tide join forces, it becomes messy. I endured that for almost 10yrs and had become a fact of life. You have to live it or leave it.
This week Manila is regularly shown on news programmes for the massive flooding that devastated the city. I’m glad our families back home esp. Mommy Chit and Daddy Eddie in Malabon are alright. Water has entered the house (about 4inches deep) but they are safe.
Today rain has ceased. Hopefully the mighty sun will not let rain reign again (at least for now).
Habagat means southwest monsoon
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Shannen, This is a big step in your faith journey. I always pray that God would always bless and guide you as you grow in faith.
Saturday, June 02, 2012
I had an Argentinian workmate who defies this. He insists that winter does't start until 21st June. NZ and Argentina are both located in the southern hemisphere so winter time should be the same. For Kiwis it begins on the first day of June but for them it coincides with the winter solstice (21st June, 21st December for the northern hemisphere regions). Apparently, both are correct. The former is based on meteorology while the latter is from astronomical point of view (paki google na lang for the meanings).
Anyway, at this point I'm not too keen about the ''start". I am more interested on when it's going to end. I miss my jandals!
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Mommy, thanks for the gift of life and for making us equiped for whatever lies ahead. You didn't decide things for us but you thought us how to make good decision.
Happy Mother's Day. mwaaahhhh..
Monday, May 07, 2012
On Saturday in our local fruit shop, Shannen and I saw a box of fresh Phil. mangoes. Shannen asked me to get one (at $4 a piece, it's not cheap). When we got home, she quickly washed and peeled it. Nope, she didn't use a peeler nor a knife. She just used her hand, just like what Vince told her to do. Result, she loved it! She said it's so sweet and smells so good. Couldn't agree more with kuya.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Another thing that surprised me was when they called him VINNIE. Parang gusto kong matawa pero nagpigil ako. But Shannen and Rein could not contain themselves. They said Vinnie is short for vinegar :)
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
When I was already by myself, I tried to think of my first memories. I can actually recall two things when I was about 3 or 4yo, both in Agno where I spent a couple of years. The first one, a relative 'borrowed' me from my lolo/lolo to spend a couple of days with them. We went on a boat ('bangka') to cross the river to get to their place. I sat on the boat and touched the water as it ran through my fingers. At night time, I asked for milk which they didn't have so I cried a lot :)
The second one, I was in kindy near the plaza. Every time my Lolo Ponso walk past, I would stand on the table and call his name at the top of my voice. We would then wave at me. I'm not sure if the teacher told me off. Maybe she did and I chose to forget about it :)
Friday, April 06, 2012
Vince clocked it at 45minutes (nauna sya sa amin) while Henry, Shannen and I arrived at the finished line at 1:17:39. We'll beat that time next year :)
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
That night, when I put her to bed. She asked me "Mom, how do you forget something?". I knew she was referring to the incident that morning. Poor child, burdened with guilt that whole time. I had to be careful with my reply as I dont want her to keep worrying. So I told her that what has been done is done. Focus on the lesson learned and do better next time. I hope I said did the right things. I'm sure the questions will be trickier as she grows. I hope I ready them.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
One of the kids' favorite summer activities is fruit picking. We missed the strawberry season (it lasted til late Jan) so this year we only got apples. Last week, we went to Windmill Orchards in Coatesville with Ate Chris' and MaFe's families. There were also peaches and pears but we preferred apples. The pick-your-own apples cost $3.50/kg but if you buy it from their shop you pay $2.50. The extra $1 is for the experience :)
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Click here to read an online version of the handbook or click the book's front cover image on the left.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Henry and I sang the national anthem God Defend New Zealand for the first time during the citizenship ceremony. It was a beautiful song (but I still have to research the translation of the maori part). It makes you feel proud and elated to be a New Zealander.
Soon, well have silver fern passports. This also means loosing our Philippine citizenship (which we can regain later when we apply for dual citizenship). So am I now a kiwi? Naku, di ata bagay sa akin yon. I vow to be a good citizen of New Zealand but inside me I am still Filipino. .. 100% Pinoy.... and 1% kiwi. that's sweet as…
Saturday, July 31, 2010
4th April 1999, I got my Dad a coffee mug with a cute print "I love Daddy". It instantly became his favourite. He wouldn't use any other cup for his beverages (not just for his caffeine dose). Four months later, that mug was on top of him with a glass separating them.
31 July 1999, the day our dear dad left us. Up to this day, I remember how devastating it was. Time healed the pain but the memory is still vivid.
One of the mass cards we got inscribed a beautiful poem. I read the first four lines then stopped. It was so touching but my heart wasn't ready for it . 11 years later, it's only now that I have the courage to finish the rest of it.
Don’t grieve for me, for I’m now free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took God’s hand when I heard the call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the same sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savoured much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me –
God wanted me now, God set me free.
miss you dad...
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday night, Ate Chris asked Shannen if she wants to cease the waiting. The little girl agreed after hearing Ate Chris credentials (maraming ngipin na daw ang nagdaan sa mga kamay nya while she was still a nurse at Hankins'). So the wobbly tooth was pulled out. But when Shannen saw (and tasted) the blood, she got upset and started crying. She wouldn't want to talk to Auntie Chris. Humupa din yon nung wala ng bleeding. Then back to best friends sila. he he he
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Myla’s death is very sudden. Khem is still in shock. May the Lord to give him courage and strength to get through this extremely painful time.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
On board Qantas QF 115, Tei arrived in
Because of personal and work commitments, Tei could not settle here as yet. She’s actually now on her way back to
We’ll see you again. Hei konei ra!
Mt. Victoria, Devonport
Lake Pupuke, Takapuna
Arataki, Waitakere Ranges
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Here's his interview re: new Supreme Court Building.
"Breathtaking inside," he says.
"No, the inside."
What about the outside?
"Well, art is in the eye of the beholder," says Mr Key. "Look, it's okay, but I prefer the inside.”
Monday, February 22, 2010
What do we do? Henry and I had a serious thought. We can't keep Shannen away from playing with her friends. Kahit i-explain namin sa kanya (I even showed her photos of severe blisters), hindi nya ma-grasp yung danger non.
Eventually, we resorted to diversion tactic. So the whole week, Henry took the kids 'somewhere' after school. They went to the grocery, KFC, McDonalds, beach, library, picked me up from work, etc. This week ganun ulit ang gagawin nila. Magastos lang but it gives Henry peace of mind.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Winter Olympics. This is the first time that I got interested in this gaming event. Wala naman kasing pinapadala ang Pilipinas doon. We've been following the 2010 competition for days now. Most (if not all) of the sports are dangerous. Even the very skilled ones could easily end up with an accident. Mas safe ang mga games sa summer olympics (walang nalulunod sa swimming!). NZ althelete Mahe Drysdale vomitted and fainted in last year's olympics. Pero tingin ko naimpatso lang yon sa daming delis sa china.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
This year has been a good and memorable one. Ate Chris is finally in New Zealand, Kuya Johnny got his Permanent Residency, Shannen started school, Vince is doing well in school and basketball, met great friends, moved to our new house, etc. Couldn't believe it all happened in a year. We're looking forward to all the new oppurtunities, challenges and blessings waiting for us in the next 365 days.
I wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas and a joyous New Year.
PS: I promise myself to post more, shorter blogs next year.