Monday, December 7, 2009
I'd also like to finish planning for Jacob's first birthday party next month (January 3). The pressure is on!
I don't like: Last minute shopping. So stressful!
I want you to know: This is Jacob's first Christmas.
I've planned: To have a peaceful Christmas.
I want to say to someone special: Thank you for the Manila trip hon. We needed that!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
But amidst the excitement, there's Jacob. We decided not to bring him so Ron and I can have some time for ourselves, 'coz this year has been about Jacob. It breaks my heart to leave him (even if it's just for 3 days!) 'coz I know he'll be missing us and wondering where we were. But his Lola Carmen will stay with him and his Lola Dolly and Lolo Carlos will visit so at least he won't feel so lonely.
We'll be staying at the Heritage Hotel since it's the closest to Mall of Asia.
If it weren't for this huge migraine, I'd be so giddy right now.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I find it unfair to describe Mindanao as a "lawless island". Davao is part of Mindanao. The media should be clear about this. Maguindanao is where these people "rule". Maguindanao is the third poorest in the country, but it's "leaders" live in palatial mansions, own a number of luxury cars, and whatnot. The government has been playing blind long enough.
What are the chances that the prime suspect will be found guilty? I sure hope and pray that justice will prevail. Let us continue to pray. For the families of the victims, for Mindanao, for this clan, for the president, for the new leaders. May they not be overtaken by power, by greed.
The infamous massacre has made it to Wikipedia.
Friday, November 13, 2009
He is even mentioned in the Sports Illustrated website, in an article by Chris Mannix, on why Pacquiao is his choice for Sportsman of the year(2009):
Friday, November 6, 2009
Looks like somebody got carried away.
When I saw this book at National Bookstore, I couldn't believe my eyes! I had to get it!
It's always relaxing, and therapeutic (for me) to go to a bookstore and browse for hours! Even better if I get some treasured finds. :)
What relaxes you?
Monday, November 2, 2009
I like: to have a postpartum massage again. Perhaps also a facial, foot spa, and mani/pedi.
I don't like: unsolicited advice. If you haven't gone through what I'm going through, please get off my back. Chances are, you don't know what you're talking about anyway.
I want you to know: that being a mom is the most challenging, difficult, but most wonderful job in the world.
I've planned: to start attending Sunday Mass again with Ron and Jacob. That was our tradition, Ron and I, before we got married. And to have lots of family outings when Jacob gets bigger.
I want to say to someone special: To my son and my husband, you are my world. Without you, life is meaningless.
If you want to join, visit this site.
Ron and I will watch The Time Traveler's Wife later. Probably catch a bite to eat too.
How much is your cellphone bill lately? If you're a postpaid subscriber like moi, you probably call home a lot while you're out, especially if you have a kid. Being a new mom, I think about my son 3,218,544 times in a day when I'm at work. And when we lost our internet connection for a week, I couldn't ignore my emails, that's why I had to connect using my phone. And with the default kilobyte browsing of my service provider, my cellphone bill more than tripled! Yikes!
Seeing that I had an obvious spike in my bill, my dad and brother enrolled me in PLDT Call-All. It's basically like having your landline with you all the time. You enroll, and they give you a sim card that you can use in a cellphone(look for your old, functioning ones laying around inside your drawers), If you're an existing PLDT subscriber, they just add... Php 250.00 per month to the monthly fee! If you're a new subscriber, it's Php 850.00 per month. Not bad eh?
What makes Call-All different and budget friendly? It's a service that allows free local calls to your home zone even when you're anywhere in the Philippines.
For more info, pls. check out this site. www.pldt.com
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Here it is guys and gals. What do you think? So glam rock inspired, don't you think? He looks so dreamy, in an androgynous, makeup-wearing-guy kind of way. But then we all knew that when he was still competing in American Idol
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Personally, I am proud of the people who have brought this issue to the public's attention. This is the perfect age for Twitter and Facebook. No issue will be left unsaid, and ignored.
See the full statement here.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Please read the article below from a volunteer/whistle blower.
Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo?
(A special report from a volunteer)
Oct 21st, 2009 by ella
I’m asking your help to spread the word. Tulungan po ninyo akong ikalat ito. Beyond this, we should also demand action. I disabled a plugin so you can copy the photos of relief goods rotting in DSWD warehouses. You can link this post to your blogs, facebook, websites etc. You can also email the photos.
Philippine News (US based Philippine newspaper) will use this as its front page story this week. Every Filipino has the right to know where the tons of donations from the UN and other counties go. Kahit po nakakahiya sa mga nag-donate. Kung sa ganitong paraan, matutulungan natin ang mga nasalanta, then by all means, let’s do it.
For those who have the time, please try to volunteer sa DSWD warehouses. Getting in was not easy. A friend had to put in a word for us. Let’s see kung madali nang makapasok sa DSWD warehouse ang mga volunteers.
Please read on and good luck to us.
(This post was last edited Oct 22, 12:30 pm)
Kahapon, tinanong ng Philippine News si DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral:
Editor of Philippine News: Why are the relief goods in DSWD warehouses not moving?
DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral: Wala kasing volunteers.
This short interview was done over the phone. Philippine News wanted to hear her side pero ayaw niyang makipag-usap sa press. After four tries, pinasabi na lang niya ang maikling sagot na ito sa secretary niya - “Walang volunteers”.
I don’t want to accuse her of corruption but at the very least she is showing signs of being totally incompetent. We are in a state of calamity where every second counts. May namamatay araw-araw dahil sa sakit.
In my opinion, these deaths could have been prevented if Secretary Cabral had tried a little harder to do her job.
Deaths from Philippine storms nears 1,000
“Tropical Storm Ketsana left 420 dead and 37 missing when it flooded 80 percent of Manila on September 26, a disaster the government said affected 4.35 million people.
Some areas are still flooded three weeks later and 189,000 people remain in evacuation centres,
Typhoon Parma hit the northern Philippines on October 3 and lingered as a tropical storm for a week, triggering landslides that killed 438 people and leaving 51 missing mostly in mountain communities.
The government agency said Parma affected 4.16 million people, including more than 32,000 who remain at evacuation centres.”
• • •
During the first week after the storm, lumabas ang “bayanihan spirit” ng mga Pinoy. “Makatulong lang kahi’t konti,” katwiran nila.
kung walang volunteers, ano ‘to, komiks?
From Stella Arnaldo’s blog:
“At the offices of many civic groups and private organizations, hundreds of people showed up to volunteer in packing relief goods.
At the Tulong Bayan center at the Expo Centro in Cubao, Most of the volunteers were adolescents as young as 10 years old, along with their kuya or ate in high school and college.
They came in huge numbers, many of them barkadas, classmates or siblings, dressed just in their tees and shorts, wearing their Havaianas. All were just enthusiastic to do their share!
Photos by Leah Navarro
Even grade school kids pitched in to help!
Youth volunteers repack detergents for distribution
Making beds from carton boxes
GMA asked world for donations
Our government begged the world for more donations. Sumagot ang buong mundo sa ating panawagan. In less than three weeks, dumaong ang mga barko, ibinaba mula sa mga cargo planes, i-diniliver ng mga trak at container vans ang sandamakmak na relief goods. Cash donations were in the millions of dollars.
But these donations must be coursed through DSWD.
Nagpalabas ng directive ang pangulo. Individuals, private companies and other nations were ENCOURAGED to send their donations to DSWD. I blogged about it here and the video of her announcement here.
This PGMA directive sounded suspicious to me then. Now I know why. Here’s the story.
A group of eight people, your ate Ella included, went to one of DSWD warehouses to help in repacking relief goods. We know they need volunteers pero hindi namin akalaing WALANG TAO TALAGA SA LOOB NG WAREHOUSE!
As in sa isang humongous warehouse (1000++ sq.m) NA PUNONG-PUNO NG RELIEF GOODS HANGGANG BUBONG, ISANG DSWD employee lang at ISANG SECURITY GUARD ang tao!!
Kailangang magpa-register at i-schedule ang volunteering
UNICEF Registration (as a volunteer)
The warehouse can only take as much as 50 volunteers at a time or per shift. Here you will find that there is a 4-hour shift, and an option for a 6-hour shift for the volunteers to indicate their availability.
What “volunteers”? Nasaan?
Aside from the 8 of us? Nope, there was nobody there. Bakit kailangan ang scheduling? Feeling hindi ba magkamayaw at nagu-unahan ang mga volunteers?
I know somebody who wanted to volunteer many times. She was always bumped off, laging nirere-schedule kasi “there were too many volunteers” daw. At tuwing Sunday lang daw puwede. What the hell is going on here?
Nakatambak ang donations ng UNICEF sa warehouse, local and international
Mga banig na dapat ay nahihigaan ng mga nasalanta. Mga imported camp beds na hindi na yata masisilayan ng mga biktima. Mga kumot na hindi naman nakabalot sa katawan nila. At mga pagkaing hindi sumasayad sa sikmura nila.
The relief goods are not going anywhere
We arrived at about 8 am and left by midafternoon and yes, you guessed it right. Kami pa rin ang tao bukod sa isang DSWD employee sa loob ng warehouse maghapon. Walang ibang dumating.
The relief goods are not moving. By the way things look, they are not going anywhere. Hindi maglalakad mag-isa ang mga donations na ito papunta sa mga evacuation centers.
LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING
Note: Pinagbawalan kaming kumuha ng pictures sa loob ng warehouse. I wonder why.
“Not a creature was moving, not even a mouse.”
Parang haunted warehouse ang dating. May multo na yata.
Kahit na daig pa ang tindahan sa Divisoria sa dami ng naka-stack na kaldero
At walang katapusang kaldero pa ulit
Kahit halos natakpan na ang mga bintana sa dami ng mga kahon
Kahit umabot na hanggang kisame ang stack ng mga kahon
(Close up ng Coleman camp beds sa previous photo) Hindi ito kasama sa ni-repack naming goods. Para sa mga “special victims” kaya ito? Ire-repack kaya ang mga “imported” camp pads na ito ever?
Sabagay, may BANIG naman para sa “ordinary victims”. Ito ang kasama sa inimpake namin. Sayang ‘yung imported.
Ano kaya ang laman nito? Hindi rin pinabuksan. Pang-special victim din kaya ito? (teka, dito nga pala galing ‘yung mga kumot)
Mahiwagang mga kahon from Japan Aid.
(close up ng mahiwagang kahon) Hindi rin ito kasali, of course. Hindi namin alam kung ano ang laman nito. “Imported” are not included, we have concluded.
Marami ito, mga laruang kasinlaki ng tao. Hindi nakunan ng pic kasi nasa tabi ng sikyo.
PORK AND BEANS? Yup, you’d think kasama ito sa relief bag. Pork and beans lang ‘to, puwede na sigurong ipamigay,
Naaah! “Imported” pork and beans from Spain po ito. Sorry, hindi pa rin included
Now let’s take a look at what a victim will get from DSWD
Look Ma, sampung lata ng sardinas! How generous! Kaldero ang unang ilalagay sa sako. Sabong panglaba (bar soap) at sampung sardinas sa ilalim. Siyam na sabon sa gilid ng kaldero. Local goods lahat syempre.
Tapos papatungan ng isang tuwalya at isang pack ng sanitary napkin.
Sisiksikan ng tatlong rolyo ng kumot(?) ang blue water jug tapos ipapatong sa kaldero sa loob ng sako.
Last but not the least, lalagyan ng dalawang banig.
Sabay tatahiin na ang sako. O di ba, parang asong tinapunan ng buto ang mga nasalanta? Eniwey, busog naman sila sa SAMPUNG lata ng Mega sardinas
YOU THINK?? WTF is the matter with these people? Mag-iisang buwan na mula nang masalanta ang mga kababayan natin. ISANG BUWAN!! Do you mean “do not delay ang dati nang delayed”?? Shet.
Anong ginagawa ng mga donations na ito sa warehouse?? APAT na warehouse ang nasa loob ng compound na ‘yon! APAT na warehouse na punong-puno ng inaalikabok na relief goods! Relief goods na ayaw yata ibigay sa mga nasalanta. Halatang-halata.
Marami pang pabubulukin
Wow! May bagong shipment na naman! At the rate DSWD is moving, next year na madi-discover kung ano ang laman ng mga kahong ito.
“The first of two of the largest high-energy food shipments from the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) arrived in the country two days ago for victims of storm “Ondoy” and typhoon “Pepeng.”
The biscuits were fortified with essential vitamins and minerals for supplementary feeding to children, pregnant women and the elderly in evacuation camps. Another 100 tons of biscuits will arrive on Oct. 24, in a continuing effort to provide food assistance to flood victims.
Sige, ideretso ‘nyo ulit ‘yan sa DSWD warehouse. Para AMAG naman ang abutin ng biskwit… at sapot ng gagamba.
Sa maghapon namin sa warehouse,nakagawa kami ng 150 sacks of relief goods. 150 bags of relief goods lang ang lumabas sa warehouse na ‘yon that day. At nandoon pa rin sa loob ang mga imported relief goods, safe, sound and packed as the day they arrived.
Nakisakay kami palabas sa isang DSWD delivery van. Gusto sana kaming ihatid ng driver hanggang Makati pero wala raw siyang sobrang gasolina. Ibinaba na lang niya kami sa gitna ng EDSA. Millions of dollars in donations, walang extrang pang-gasolina.
Susulpot din siguro ang laman ng mga mahiwagang kahon at mapapasakamay din ng mga tao…sa ARAW NG ELEKSYON. O mabibili na nila ang mga imported goods na ‘yon sa mga puwesto sa Quiapo at Divisoria.
Suggestions lang po sa DSWD:
# Alam ‘nyo palang walang mag-volunteer sa inyo, bakit hindi kayo mag-hire ng mga tao? Bayaran ‘nyo ng arawan para mag-repack. Ang daming walang trabaho, makakatulong pa kayo. Hindi naman malaking kabawasan ‘yon sa bilyong pisong donasyon na natanggap ninyo.
# Isa pa, gaano ba karami ang mga sundalo natin? Hindi ba puwedeng ipagawa sa kanila ‘yan? Baka isang araw lang, tapos na ang problema ‘nyo
# Bakit hindi ‘nyo ibigay ang trabaho sa mga NGO, churches, private charities, TV stations? I’m sure they are more than willing to help. Time is of the essence. Huwag kayong suwapang. Obvious ba, hindi ‘nyo naman kaya.
Kung talagang gugustuhin ninyong makarating agad sa mga kawawang biktima ang mga donasyong ‘yon, nagawa ‘nyo na ‘yan. Maraming paraan…kung talagang gusto ‘nyo lang.
You are the government. You have the power, the resources and the money. You just have to really care.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Here's what we bought Jacob:
(Ashbee high chair)
(Jacob at Bigby's)
Enjoy them while you're still "tiny" nak!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
When the first photo of this halo appeared on the internet, skeptics immediately bashed it merely as a photoshopped photo. True UFO enthusiasts call this a "true mystery". Now here's the video to prove that it's none of the above. What is that thing? A tornado waiting to form? A giant UFO the likes of which were seen in the movie Independence Day? Afraid not kids.
It is actually an optical illusion. An official spokesperson for Moscow's weather department said, "Several fronts have been passing through Moscow recently, there was an intrusion of the Arctic air too, the sun was shining from the west — this is how the effect was produced."
So there. No need to bring out your emergency kits just yet. There's no invasion happening. Yet.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Then comes this third one.
She was a former housemaid of my mom. She worked for us since she was 14, and I was 9. She left us to get married, and for lack of any work opportunity in their province, she came back. And since my mom's house was full, she lived with us. That's when all hell broke loose.
She gossips, says bad things about my all-around helper (not clean enough, lazy,) which are not true by the way. Before, the third one used to work for me, before the first two came along. And it was not exactly paradise. She makes maktol when I give her something to do, as in bangs the doors, mumbles to herself loudly (I can hear), and has a permanent scowl on her face. Not a pretty sight. And now she comes and thinks she does a better job than anyone. Insecure much? She even told my mom on me, that I wasn't keeping an eye on the two. But thankfully, my mom brushed her off, and told her that instead of criticizing, she should help and teach my two maids.
My cousin, Astrid's theory is, maybe since we're all settled in and seem to be getting along fine since she came along, maybe she got envious of the harmony, and wanted to point out every little thing that was wrong, like the cleanliness of the house. She knew that that was her strength. Maybe she wants us to see her worth.
So, what I did, so she will not call my all-around helper unpleasant names behind her back, I assigned them their work, and I wrote it on paper, and posted it on the fridge door for all the world to see. So there will be no more pointing of fingers. I'm making a spreadsheet soon, so there will be a sense of finality.
Maybe you're wondering why I'm allowing myself to be bullied by a housemaid. Well, I'm wondering that myself. But i promised myself that everytime I see the third one do something I'm not keen on, I will call her on it, and reprimand her. Before, when I lived with my parents, I wouldn't dare reprimand her because she was older than me. But things are different now. She lives in my house, and I'm in-charge.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Time flies so fast. Only two more months and it's Christmas again. Let us think about this before splurging on Christmas gifts and Noche Buena: The displaced families of typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana, the 840,000 homeless families, the children of those families who are suddenly away from the comfort of their homes, the missing loved ones of some of the families. Heartbreaking.
Let us reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. And what we can do to somehow alleviate the dilemma of those families. What could they be looking forward to this Christmas? Are they still looking forward to Christmas? What about the children who look to Christmas as a season of giving and color, and celebration.
Let us pray that the incoming tropical storms would change directions and miss the Philippines entirely.
Let us remember that Mother Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger. Our savior was born in a manger.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
But we have another problem.
Think of all the plastic bags the relief goods are being distributed in. Let's hope that the volunteers tell the recipients to collect the plastic bags and re-use them, instead of throwing them everywhere.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
There are five books in this series. There is also a movie coming out next year. I can't wait!
All in all, I give this book four stars.
I suck at book reviews.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Take a look at these baby photos by Tracy Raver. Don't you just love them? Ang cute! She has a technique on how to make babies stay asleep. It only takes a full belly and a warm room to do wonders for making a baby sleepy. She says baby girls tend to be "feistier" than boys. Haha.
She was a guest on the Today Show. Makes you want to take lovely photos of your own children, right?
Check out her website: www.tracyraver.com
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I apologize for the graphic nature of the video. I also apologize for the poor quality. I was really disturbed when I saw this video being shared on Facebook. I have an 8 month old baby boy and he is showing signs of being a handful to look after but thank God his yaya is kind and patient. My heart goes out to the toddler in this video, I wanna go after this "woman" and pulverize her! According to youtube.com this woman is Indonesian and she's working in Malaysia. She was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment in 2007. Two measly years only??! This is CLEARLY a violation of human rights!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Today is my father in-law's birthday.
What makes this year special, in a way, is because he has Lung cancer, stage 3. They discovered it just this year, in March. Ron, although he has a very optimistic outlook in life, is saying that this may be his Dad's last birthday. He has accepted it. I remember thinking when we found out, why can't we just feel one emotion at a time? Before March, Ron was having the time of his life, being a new Dad himself. Then came this bomb that his own Dad's life is in danger. If I were in his shoes, I'd be too stubborn to accept a fact like that.
I'm sad for our Papang. He may not be able to see Jacob grow up and go to school, or be able to graduate, or witness Jacob have a crush. I'm wishing that he would be around long enough to see Jacob walk, run, or utter his first words. Long enough to hear Jacob say "Lolo" to him.
Please pray for our Papang.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Here are some of the sights and sounds you can experience at the Annual Kadayawan Festival in Davao City. A festival of thanksgiving. This year's theme is “Nahiusang Katawhan Nakigdait sa Kalibutan” (“One People in Communion with the Earth”). This is Davao's own.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Spirale Ristorante is an Italian restaurant in Davao City. It's one of my favorite restaurants by the way. My brother arrived from a business trip in Manila so our mom treated us to dinner to this delish resto in Damosa, Lanang. This restaurant is beside Caffe Firenzo.
Some of the dishes:
Gamberi Ali Olio. My advice, the sauce is an excellent dip for the Focaccia.
Italian Pot Roast. A beef dish. Very tender and tasty.
Another beef dish. And like the lousy blogger that I am, I forgot the name of the dish. I also wasn't able to take a picture of the pizza(frutti di mare), and dessert(triple lemon pie). Darn.
Must do it again.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
This will haunt me for the rest of my life. Everytime I remember this (this happened in 2002), I cry my eyes out. How can there be parents like these? I really hope children are protected not only in our country or the US, but in all countries. Child abuse is a very serious matter, and the guilty should be punished.