Sunday, October 31, 2010
The family had a get-together at our condo.
Food was lasagna, chicken inasal, and barbecue. There was chicharon, lanzones, bibingka, suman, and mais con hielo, too. Food trip!
I gave away some stuff to my nieces. My youngest niece no longer wants dolls so she didn't get mine. My brother got the leather case that my dad owned.
As usual, I kept quiet as everybody was busy talking. My Kuya took pictures.
I didn't go with them to my dad's crypt because I wasn't feeling well. My back hurt.
It's great to see my family!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Today, my sister brought Causeway pancit canton.
What are siblings for?
I've started reading the Bible. I'm done with Genesis. I love the stories of Noah and Joseph. I'm now reading Exodus. Interesting!
I helped mom make chicken salad today. Yummy!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
And then late this afternoon, I saw my Client online. I asked her about our project. She said she will just finish it due to lack of time. I don't have to work on it anymore (I was supposed to clear the report). And yet, she is willing to pay me the balance next week! Praise God!
Mom had a party today. She was supposed to take a cab. But then her classmate called up to say she will pick her up. So my mom was fetched early today. And somebody else brought her home. Not only that, they gave her fried rice and roasted chicken with garlic, which we had for dinner.
God is indeed a God of (pleasant) surprises!
I saw this in my inbox:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Anyway, I just watched a movie by Michael J. Fox and Kirk Douglas entitled "Greedy". About a rich uncle pursued by his greedy nephews and nieces. Nice one. Funny and I like the nice twist of an ending.
Got to work today. I didn't expect the project although it's just a small one. I was able to finish in just a few hours. Every project counts. Thank You, Lord!
I resolve to study the Bible more thoroughly alone and with my son. It could draw the two of us closer together and towards God.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
The first was "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" a comedy about two cash-strapped friends who live together. They decide to make a porno. It's not that bold a film. Good enough for me to finish it till end.
The second was my all-time favorite, "Sleepless in Seattle". I watched it in YouTube. Ten parts of about ten minutes each. One never gets tired of romantic comedies such as this.
The third was "The Uninvited", a horror movie. Very suspenseful. I like the ending.
Today, I watched two movies so far.
One was "Pasukob" starring Ai Ai de las Alas and Ruffa Mae Quinto. About two sisters, one was ill-fated while the other seemed always lucky. Funny in the typical Filipino way.
The other movie was "Someone Like You", a romantic comedy. It's about a heartbroken woman who comes up with a theory about men, comparing them to cows. Enjoyed the movie.
Movies...great time fillers.
Friday, October 22, 2010
It's about three friends (named April, May and June) and their relationships with their husbands/boyfriend. I think I've seen the movie before but I didn't mind seeing it again. Some drama, but not too much. Enough funny moments. And a happy ending. My kind of movie.
I look at pictures in FB and I just love those my friend posts about his trip in the US. It's autumn there so I found the colors of the trees so lovely!
Then, my niece posted pictures of food - cakes of different kinds! Yummy!
October has been a very lean month. Despite that, I turned down a project I am not qualified for. I don't want to over-commit myself and not be able to deliver.
God will provide.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I woke up early because a family friend was coming over. She was asking help on her speech for the AVP presentation during her daughter's debut. I just corrected her grammatical errors and added humor to her speech. I also tried to shorten it because it was too long. Together we made finishing touches.
We ordered breakfast from McDo and she paid for it. I had Big Breakfast with garlic rice and orange juice. I ordered hot chocolate and hash browns for my son. My mom had egg mcmuffin and our friend had pancakes with sausage and coffee. Great breakfast!
After she left, I went back to a deep sleep.
After lunch, I slept again. When I woke up it was already past 4!
Then, my friend called me saying that her driver and car are available. I can be picked up so I can go to church.
At long last, I was able to go to Confession, hear part of the mass,
and receive Communion.
I was brought home.
For dinner, I had tocino, rice and gelatin with nata de coco.
What a day!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Today I was inspired to write the lyrics of a song for the Lord, entitled, "Song for My Lord and King". Here it is...
All glory be to You, my King
Highest praises to You I sing
For You have been a faithful God
During trials, You were my rod
Thank You, for blessings big or small
Thank You for Your love above all
Who am I that You care for me so?
To whom but You, I always go?
With every deed, and every word
May my life give You honor, Lord
Forgive me for times I hurt You
You always welcome me back, true!
When my life is over and done
I long to enter Your kingdom
Oh, to be with You without end
That is joy and bliss in heaven!-------
May be crude, but comes from the heart.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I don't mind watching Filipino films. Yesterday, I watched the movie of Tony Gonzaga and Vhong Navarro. I wasn't able to catch the beginning so I don't know the title. It's a comedy. Sometimes corny. Other times, funny enough. The story? Something different. And I love the ending.
I also got to watch "Bahay Kubo (Pinoy Mano Po)" starring Maricel Soriano, Eric Quizon, Gloria Romero and a host of young actresses and actors. It was fun to watch with a good combination of light and dramatic moments.
Who says local movies are a waste of time? Not me.
Friday, October 15, 2010
"Prayer moves God into action.
When we call,
God promises to answer!
No matter what challenges you face,
the power of prayer can change your life."
I cannot help but agree. God has answered all my prayers with a yes, a no, or not now. Whatever the response, it is always the best for me.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
One day many many years ago, my daughter asked me, “Pa, what is heaven like? What are the minimum qualifications to get into heaven? If I can meet those minimum qualifications, why should I even try to be a Mother Teresa?”
I replied, “I’ll answer those questions later. But, first, it’s almost lunch. Let’s talk about what to eat. Think about three foods. The first one is one that you like and would not mind eating everyday. The second one is a treat that you love; sort of like a ‘comfort food’; a step up from the first one; one that you would long for in special times. The third one is the ultimate meal; the one ‘to die for’; the top of the three foods; a celebration. What are your three foods?”
“Ok,” she responded, “the first one is macaroni and cheese, I can eat that everyday…the second one is sushi, uh-huh…and the third one is veal newberg, deeeeeelicious!”
“Well, then,” I said, “you just answered your questions earlier. If you meet the minimum qualifications to get to heaven, you will experience heaven in the way you like mac n cheese. If you try to be a person better than the minimum, you will get to heaven and experience whatever heaven is like sushi. And, if you are saintly, you will experience heaven and God in all His glory like veal newberg! See, all those who pass the minimum qualifications will get to heaven but each one will experience it differently. Most with pleasure, some with intense joy and a few with trance-like ecstasy.”
“Yum?” I asked.
“Mmmmm, good.” she said. “So, are we having veal newberg?”
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I was able to fill a whole black garbage bag of mostly paper, stuff I don't need, and even books I won't read anymore.
Whew! What an accomplishment! I took a bath to freshen up.
Then, my friend came over because I invited her to come and choose from the items I set aside for giving away.
...a pair of rubber shoes
...a pair of beige walking shoes
...a black and brown bag
...a calendar cum calculator
...post-it notes and note pads
It feels great to be able to give!
Now, I will surely have a good night's rest.
Here's a "cheesy" photo for today:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Before coming over, while they were still in Gateway, they texted me to ask what I wanted to eat. I said, "Anything." But in my mind, I wanted pasta.
True enough, when they arrived, they brought carbonara and spaghetti plus Coke Zero. We had merienda. Yahoo!
Then, Amy chose several shoes which I wanted to dispose of. I plan to give the other shoes she did not choose to my mom's masahista.
She gave me four lovely blouses for Christmas and New Year. They all fit. (Now, if I can just get rid of my big tummy.) She also gave mom a shawl.
When they left, mom arrived in a few minutes. She brought me a blouse for Christmas (she just came from Divisoria). She also brought food including dinner - mami and siopao from Ma Mon Luk, and castañas.
Thank You, Lord, for such wonderful blessings in one day!
Funny conversation for the day:
My mom and I just came from my hematologist yesterday.
Today, Mommy asked "What did the doctor say will happen if the medicine she prescribed for your cough did not work after six days?"
I said, "Sorry, I wasn't listening."
And my poor aging mom simply could not remember!
Ha ha. We're a hopeless pair!
Monday, October 11, 2010
"wow :) awesome book ma'am. i really appreciate the twist in the end :)) i mean, it caught me off guard. just thought that indirectly stating your purpose/desire for writing the book in the intro/preface or somehow in-between the chapters can help the reader to be encouraged to read on non-stop.
"Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?" (1 Corinthians 15:51-55)
He ended with a quote:
"There's nothing you can do for God to love you more,
and there's nothing you can do for God to love you less."
--What's So Amazing About Grace?, Philip Yancey
Thanks, Emman, for your encouraging words.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I was inspired to finish it today. It's just a short book. 24 pages typewritten. But with illustrations and a big font and smaller size paper, the book could come out thicker.
"What I think Heaven is Like" will contain an introduction and an afterword, a foreword hopefully by Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite and the following chapters:
I – Entry into Heaven
II – My Own Room
III – Activities in Heaven
IV – My Special Hour
V – Food, Glorious Food
VI – Things I Will Do in Heaven
VII – In Heaven, There Is ________
VIII – In Heaven, There is No _______
IX - Angels
X – Moments with Jesus
My intentions are pure. Not for fame or glory. But something as lofty as bringing many souls to heaven. If I can describe a heaven that is so beautiful, one would desire to reach it as intensely as I do, then that is mission accomplished for me.
I believe that if this is God's will, He will make "What I think Heaven Is Like" a reality.
I have no doubt about it.
See ya all in heaven! Ha ha.
And watch out for my book...
Friday, October 8, 2010
Today, that prayer was answered. Not just one, but two projects. One is a 12-group FGD study for analysis. Another is an in-depth study wherein I will conduct 30 interviews and do the analysis for a total of 50 in-depth interviews.
Thank You, Lord!
Apparently, my being part of diabetext is working. I'm more conscious of what I eat and drink. I still don't get to exercise though. My blood sugar is now normal. Yehey. (With a little help from Glucobay. ha ha)
Thursday, October 7, 2010
One was an old movie (1994), entitled, "The Paper" starring Michael Keaton, Glenn Close and Marisa Tomei. It's a story of an editor torn between job and family. And the movie shows what goes on inside a newspaper company within 24 hours. Interesting, funny, with some drama.
The other one is, "I Wanna Be Happy" (2006) written and directed by Jose Javier Reyes. Stars include Eddie Garcia, Gloria Romero, Cherry Pie Picache, and Joey Marquez. It's basically a family movie combining comedy and drama. Fun to watch. Not a dull moment.
I am now coughing. Caught the virus from my mom.
We went to the hospital today for my treatment.
Even though I don't have projects, I had to turn down two projects because I am not qualified to do them. One was a market scan, the other is a feasibility study. I don't want to involve myself in things I don't have a clue about.
Oh well, I will just keep praying that God will send projects soon.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
My son asked me to be part of his friend's thesis called Diabetext. I was asked to answer a pre-test, to record my blood sugar twice a day, and to record the times of the day I receive text messages from them. Basically messages like:
...add sources of starch like bread and crackers to your meal. Don't forget to drink water after.
...add a serving of fiber-rich veggies like ampalaya and/or fruits like banana.
...to keep yourself healthy, avoid eating foods high in sugar like jams, chocolates, cakes, pies, etc. A serving of these foods is enough (ex. 1 pc. of donut, 1 small slice of cake).
Well, I appreciate their concern for diabetic patients like me. It's beginning to work, I think because just today, I ate ampalaya and discovered that it tastes good after all.
Here's a cute photo:
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Checked my inbox. Slept. Watched an episode of "Commander in Chief". Listened to Internet mass. Wrote in my spiritual journal. Listened to praise songs. Read things I've written in the past. Read a script my friend wrote.
My friend, Greg, sent me more pictures of butterflies. Here are some of them:
Friday, October 1, 2010
I might do the analysis for an indepth study with 32 respondents. Hope it gets approved.
Here are more butterflies that are a delight to see. I believe that in heaven, there will be butterflies everywhere.
Thanks, Greg, for these lovely pictures!