Friday, October 30, 2009

His Strength is Perfect

What a beautiful and encouraging song! And I want to share it with you.

I am so grateful that He sees beyond our fault and sees our need. I am so grateful for His deep, unconditional and amazing love and graces to us. I know that His strength is Perfect when our own strength is gone, and He carries us with His loving arms.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Natal Day Celebration

A natal day celebration is a very common tradition for us Filipinos.  We believe  birthday  celebration is not only for kids but for adults as well. October 22 is the birthday of Ate Aieen, one of my bestfriends. I truly miss her a lot. I had no chance to greet her in person because right now she's in Saudi Arabia working as librarian. And to show and express my greetings and wishes, I posted on her facebook's wall some photo art and birthday wishes.

God gave a gift to the world when you were born; a person who loves and cares, who sees a person's need and fills it, who encourages and lifts people up, who spends energy on others rather than yourself, who touches each life you enter and makes a difference in the world. May the love you have shown to others return to you multiplied. May each and every passing year bring you wisdom, peace and cheer. You'll always be forever young. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Hope this day is as special as you are. Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years. You're not getting older, you're getting better. May the years continue to be good to you. May this year bring with it all the success and fulfillment your heart desires. I'm so glad you were born, because you brighten my life and fill it with joy. Your best years are still ahead of you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Last thursday, October 22, 2009, Jasmin and I went to San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan to visit Ate Aieen's family and be a part of the simple celebration of her birthday prepared by her beloved family. We savored the sumptuous foods they served like

beef caldereta,

crispy pata,

and hazel nut mousse desire cake from Goldilocks.

We never missed the opportunity of having a photo shoots with Ate Aieen's two angels, Cedie and Ashley (my godchild). They're really super cute and lovable kids.
Cedie and Ashley

me with Ashley

me with Cedie and Ashley

Jasmin with Cedie and Ashley

We not only savored the sumptuous dinner we had with her family for we had also a great fun  and precious bonding moment with her two kids, Cedie and Ashley. And to Ate Aieen, the greatest bestfriend I ever had, a million thanks to you for everything. I couldn't find enough words to define how grateful I was when you came into my life and being a part of it. You're a precious and best priceless gift I have ever received from Above.

Again, happy birthday to you!!! I love you so much, my bestfriend.  Missing you so much!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

kuwento ng buhay, pag-ibig at pag-asa

i listened to 97.1 fm radio station last oct. 18, 2009 mga 10pm ng gabi. actually first time kong makinig ng linggo ng gabi sa fm station na ito. at noon ko lang natuklasan na may barangay love stories na ang host ay si papa dudut ng barangay ls fm ayos gyud. nakinig ako ng kuwento ng gabing iyon at na-inspired me talaga sa love story na binasa ni papa dudut . doon ko napatunayan na kapag destined talaga ang dalawang taong nagmamahalan walang sinuman ang makakahadlang nito at kahit ano mang pagsubok, panahon ang lumipas, gagawa't gagawa ng paraan ang tadhana para silang dalawa ay pagtagpuin muli upang magsama at maging maligaya ang buhay sa piling ng bawat isa. 

Doon ko napatunayan na ang kasabihan na " If you love someone, set them free, if they come back they're yours; if they don't they never were" ay totoo.  kung kailangan mo na syang i-let go then you must to do it. si Bro na lang ang bahala sa lahat. kung talagang kau ang para sa isa't isa in the end kau pa rin. minsan hindi mo lang talga alam kung kelan kau ulit pagtatagpuin ng tadhana. tanging panahon lang ang makakapagsabi kung kelan ang tamang panahon. ang kailangan lang maging handa ka sa mga bagay na di mo inaaasahan. at kung hindi man kailangan mong tanggapin ng maluwag sa dibdib ang katotohanang hindi kau para sa isa't isa. at ang pinakamahalaga sa lahat kailangan mong magtiwala kay Bro na may magandang bukas na darating sa iyo at laging pakaisipin  na lahat ng bagay na nangyayari sa buhay natin ay may dahilan at ito ay para sa kabutihan ng lahat.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

He Cares

     Do you often feel discouraged? Do you often feel pity in yourself? Do you often feel depress, insecure, hated, unwanted or criticized? Do you think no one loves nor understand you?
     You feel hopeless and don't know what to do or how to solve the problems you are facing right now. You feel jealous to other people who are loved and are treated well. You think God created you to carry the burdens you believe you don't deserve. You think  you are alone and the only solution to your problem is to put an end to your life.
     Check this out, God is still willing, ready and able to help, understand and love you. Sometimes you don't feel His love or that He cares, but He does. Sometimes you don't feel His love or that He cares, but He does. He knows everything about you. He knows the number of your hair, the affairs that you are in, your deepest secret. He promised never to leave you nor forsake you.
      Sometimes you need to be hurt in order for you to grow. You must fail for you to learn. You must lose in order for you to gain. Through pain you will learn the lesson that will make you a better, not bitter, person.

       "God has not promised skies always blue,
         Flowers strewn pathways, all the night through
        God has not promised sunshine without rain
         Laughter without sorrow, joys without pain."

       This is a famous congregational song that speaks of our resources in times of trials. So despite the burdens you are carrying right now, fly again. Nurture another dream; assume your other roles. Learn from your mistakes. You are free to choose the kind of life you want to live, but remember that blessings come after the trials. Aren't you excited what will come to you next?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

i thought it was him

i thought it was him, my mr. right and my future groom; the man i thought i would be spending the rest of my life. i had never thought and never expected that our paths would cross the way it goes. i just met him online when he sent message on my profile in the website that my cousin had introduced to me. i just don't know but i could only say and feel that he's totally different from other guys i met online. my instinct really says he's gentleman enough to put my trust on him, put so much credence in anything he says and be comfortable with him. our mere acquaintances bloomed into deeper intimacy when almost everyday we would chat and send offline messages. we met last march 2009 when i got back to work after a couple of days on leave when my college bestfriend took a forlough from her work in dubai.

we had talked and shared almost everything in life. work, love, home, family, friends, secrets and dreams are some of the things we had shared and talked about. whenever he got busy or some activities need to attend to, he would just let me know of his whereabouts. to sum and to describe it in a simple way i could say we have mutual understanding. it means that we're more than friends and less than lovers. but deep inside i knew from my heart that this would have turned into a much deeper relationship. words are not enough to describe and express my feelings when finally we became lovers. since then our life is really a great one filled with so much love and inspiration. we had started nurturing our relationship through chatting more than a couple of times everyday and uttering words of love and care for each other. until one day, he proposed marriage but then i told him i want to be sure of ourselves first by seeing each other, getting to know more and having a tete-a-tete (heart-to-heart talk) before we commit ourselves for a timeless and unending commitment. i asked him to wait till we meet in person when he arrives here in philippines for business trip and i'm so glad when he says he would.

while waiting for the day of his arrival, i'm on tenterhook but enthusiastic knowing it will be the first meeting day for us. i thought our relationship is a perfect one and will not be having any problem until one day, i found out something fishy about him that it really bothered me. i want answers from him so i told him what i've found out. and i never thought that he would be mad about such thing. i felt sorry for what had happened and told him that it doesn't mean i don't believed on him. but then he just left me with nothing but a single word "bye". since then, i am quite crazy thinking what precisely the truth is because i have still unanswered questions in mind. he never replied on my emails nor sent messages on my mobile phone which he used to do.

until now, we never meet in person though i knew he's already here in philippines. likewise, i've never heard anything from him. i waited for months hoping he would responded but it was really frustrating and depressing when i got nothing but pure silence. i would not disavow that tears falling from my eyes, that i'm hurting inside, that pain, frustration and suffering overwhelmed me. it adds to my distress and despondency whenever i think of his proposal and our intention of getting married and building a life filled with love and simplicity knowing that it would just plunged beyond the bounds of possibility. no matter how it hurts, i should accept and bear the pain of losing someone i thought he was the one for me, come to realize that it's time to bid goodbye and letting him go. only then, i could ameliorate and lessen the heartache and distress, could find the courage to move on and finally could start in building a brand new and fresh leaf of life with hope and faith without him but with GOD. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Friend is a Gift of GOD

 ...For in this world of trouble that is filled with anxious care
Everybody needs a friend in whom they're free to share
The little secret heartaches that lay heavy on their mind,
Not just a mere acquaintances
But someone who's just "just our kind" ---
For, somehow, in His charity and wisdom always sends
A sense of understanding and the power of perception
And mixes these fine qualities with kindness and affection
So when we need sympathy or a friendly hand to touch
Or an ear that listens tenderly
And speak words that mean so much,
We seek our true and trusted friend in the knowledge that we'll find
A heart that's sympathetic and all understanding mind...
And often just without a word there seems to be union,
Of thoughts and kindred feelings
For God gives true friend communion.

Ondoy's Aftermath

It was September 26, 2009 when the storm "Ondoy" makes landfall, causes widespread flooding here in the Philippines.  I was in the office at that time because we were obliged to finish the requirements for Philhealth Accreditation. Here are some of the damages wrecked by the typhoon Ondoy in the FEU-NRMF Medical Center here in West Fairview, Quezon City.

the Medical Library

the IM parking area

                              the IM Lobby

                          the back of FEU-NRMF

LORD as we stand helpless in this display of nature's wrath, we implore the name of JESUS and the power of the HOLY SPIRIT to save all affected by the floods. AMEN.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

to hold on or to give up

Quietly awake while lying in my bed, I can see myself trapped in the middle of crossroads, where whichever path I would hold on or to give up.

To hold on. Others may think I'm so dumb, idiot and such a foolish one for holding on to the belief that we're meant to be. But how I can persuade myself that it's over when my heart still feel I want to try and go on? It's my firm decision and willingness to hold on and follow my heart as long as I can. It maybe the stupidiest thing to do but I am just being true to myself without cogitating what others may say and think of me. In the end, if I do get lost and reach a dead end, I should accept my action, learn from them, charge them from experience, use them to lead me back home and move on.

To give up. It means saying goodbye and letting go. It is one of the hardest things to do. It is hard as breaking a crystal glass because I'll never know when I'll be able to pick up the pieces again. It is me who stayed behind that suffer because I am left with memories of love that was meant to be. Time heals all wounds but takes a little push on my part. It's just a matter of faith and acceptance. It is not easy to accept painful things, to go on with my life after experiencing betrayal. It's something I can't control, something I have to live up and this life has to go on.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Another Victory for FEU-NRMF Basketball Team

At last the most awaited basketball championship game for the 3rd HPMA Interhospital Basketball Tournament was indeed a success. It was held last September 25, 2009 at PNP Gymnasium, Camp Crame, Quezon City. When we arrived at the gym there were just a few people who watched the game between La Salle and Asian Hospital competing for the 3rd runner up and 4th runner up. I think they were just playing for fun and I couldn't see any tension with the two competing teams. When the game was over, it was followed by awarding the 3rd runner-up and 2nd second runner-up and the mythical five. Two players from FEU-NRMF basketball team were chosen to be awarded as members of mythical five. When the game between FEU-NRMF and St. Luke's Medical Center begun, the fans and supporters of each participating team cheered with so much excitement and anticipation. The question of the moment is, "Who will be the overall champion?" Is it FEU-NRMF again or St. Luke's Medical Center?

The game was full of tension, excitement from all members, fans and supporters of each participating team. Whilst in the intensity of the game, assault stirred up until dispute grew into heated arguments between the two. The crowds have some violent feelings. I was just sitting nearby, looking what will happen and hoping that everything will be okay. When some clarifications and misunderstanding had been settled, the game continued.

At last, the game was ended with so much joy and victorious moment for all the FEU-NRMF group. It was another victory celebration for FEU-NRMF Basketball Team for being the CHAMPION again after the tireless effort, preparation and generous support of all the officers and members of the team. And moment of pride, honor, joy and gratification for Biboy Rapista, better half of my friend RR, being awarded as Most Valuable Player. The night was showered with rain but still the celebration goes on. All were agog and wallowed in so much joy and pleasure in celebrating the victory in Taverna Verde Bar and Restaurant owned by Sir Nino Reyes located at the heart of Ortigas, Pasig City.

We were so thankful that Sir Nino invited us to the air-conditioned and non-smoking area of his bar and restaurant. We relished the victory celebration with so much joy, fun and enthusiasm. We savored the foods served to us with their accommodating waitpersons. It was already 12:30am when we left the resto.
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