Saying Goodbye and Moving On (A Breakup Story)

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
– George Bernard Shaw

Major major changes happening very soon! I am finally saying goodbye and breaking up with my dearly beloved most precious neighborhood. We’re moving back to the place of my many happy memories – my hometown far down north…hello again Valenzuela City! I am half-excited, half-heartbroken.

Super excited for these things:

  • Family (all my cousins live there) – it means more family reunions, kwentuhans.
  • Lower cost – roughly 30% cheaper
  • New house – anything new excites me!

Super heartbroken for these reasons:

  • Giving up the convenience – access to Edsa, Araneta, Farmers, Ali Mall, Bus Terminal, Estwood, Ortigas etc.
  • Neighborhood – it’s nice and quiet where we live.
  • It’s Cubao! Eto yata ang totoong Central Luzon. Haha. It has access to all points of Luzon!
  • Camp Crame – anybody who lives nearby can get inside to jog, bike etc.
  • 100% flood free. Moving to Valenzuela means I have to go through deep floods despite having light rain only.
  • Garbage truck every Monday and Wednesday. Free.
  • Mang Joey’s and Jerica
  • My favorite Hypermarket in Main Ave. Edsa – deserves to be singled out because honestly, it’s the best Hypermarket ever!

Turns out I have more things to be heartbroken for than to be happy, but it’s alright.

We have not started packing yet. It’s only me and my sister sharing the house but our stuff when combined, it looks like it’s for a family of 12. Maybe even more than that. Help!!!

My biggest and major worry you know’s the travel time I need to take when going to Makati. That’s a total of 6-8hrs, back and forth, on a regular sunny day. When it rains, even with the slightest drizzle, it extends to 10hrs or longer.

Ciao, Cubao! Thank you for the many happy years! Thank you also to Bongato family. We’ll never forget your kindness.

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Birthday Post for My Sister

Dear Inday,

Happy birthday dearest baby sister! I can’t believe you’re now 15 years old, how time flies! I am both happy and sad for the person that you’ve become. Sad because you’ve grown so fast! You’re no longer able to be that cute kid who’s always brought laughter and happiness to us all. I wish you’d never grown up, Inday. I wish you’re not hardheaded and you’ll always listen to mother when she asks you to do this and that.

I am happy to see you growing up strong, street smart and talented. I admire your willingness to learn new things. Amazing to see how you’ve taken so much after our father! I know how much you like getting a new guitar, there’s a beginner guitar available at Musicians Friend, I’ll see if I can get one for you.

I wish you a good life ahead, Inday. I love you always! My only request is for you to honor mother for as long as you live.



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1 Year Since You’ve been Gone

Already 1 year since tatay went to heaven. I miss him everyday!

We’re all okay. Nanay is okay, she cries sometimes but for the most part, she is strong and moving on. Very admirable. You would have been very glad to hear that both your sons are working outside of the country. Ate is okay and very happy with Keith. Inday is following your footsteps! She’s now learning to play the guitar (we bought one for her last Christmas). Julia is super smart, kulit and sings very well, just like you! Sayang, you didn’t get to see Ponsky! He looks just like you, Tatay! You would have been a doting grandfather to him if you were here. I’m okay now, feeling a lot better and slowly accepting everything what happened. I don’t cry as often as I used to now.

I MISS YOU TATAY! I miss you so much, everyday. Please watch over us from heaven! I love you forever!

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New Year’s Celebration

New Year’s Table

Yeay! It’s only 27 days until Christmas and 34 days until 2015! How do you want to celebrate your new year? My Aunt and I were discussing a while ago about our year end plans, we’re looking into getting a 2-night suite accommodation in Oakwood Premier Hotel somewhere in Ortigas, unfortunately, December 30 – January 1, 2015 are blocked off, so it looks like we’re all just going to celebrate at home. It would have been fun to party in a nice suite!

Anyway, this is our typical New Year’s table during Media Noche. Messy, right? Must get my Aunt a new round gingham tablecloth from here so the table looks more presentable. All my favorite food is served – caldereta, vegetable salad, chicken wings and sinfully delicious black forest cake. Making me hungry since I haven’t eaten anything yet since I woke up.

Hope you guys will have an awesome 2015!

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3 Things I am Grateful For

Do you realize how powerful your thoughts and words are?

2 years ago, I’ve been constantly whining over my life, how it was too boring and routinary and comfortable. I wanted to experience something dramatic to have a more interesting and exciting life. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and look out for more challenges. I wanted a drama, this Universe conspired and made it happen. 2013-2014 surely is the worst and most uncomfortable and challenging and dramatic year for me. I’ve never felt so down and depressed and lost.

I want you guys to be more careful with your thoughts, wishes and words. Never ever wish for a drama!

Anyway, here are the 3 things I am most grateful for today:

1. Grateful for my fast internet connection. Internet became my escape. It’s so nice that I can watch a lot of youtube tutorials, from make up to cooking to making loom bands to playing Bass guitar! I know nothing about bass guitar, so while browsing online, I saw this video and instantly it caught my interest! Got inspired by this young lady who learned to play bass by just watching youtube videos:

Mad skills right there! She didn’t even know how to read chords, she’s just playing it by ear. So cool. I know i know, it might be too late and ambitious to learn playing bass but who knows. HAHA. If I get enough money and time and right amount of passion, I might buy a Fender bass guitar and learn to play it.

2. Grateful for friends who have shown support in any way they can – from childhood friends, gradeschool/high school/college classmtes, officemates, neighbors, churchmates to blogfriends, I will never ever forget your kindness guys!

3. Grateful for the support of my family and relatives. I feel that I am so much closer now to them than I had been in the past. Thank you and I love you. Even if there’s a lot of pain now, everything would be all right someday.

What are the things you’re most grateful for?

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First Christmas Without You

Photo from Pinterest

We’re only 5 months away until Christmas! Are you excited already? I am not.

I can picture already that my family and I will be really really sad when that day comes since it’ll be the first Christmas without my dear father. I remember when he was still alive, he loved celebrating Christmas (he was born on December 24), he loved to invite and entertain guests in our home and he loved to play Christmas songs on full blast very early in the morning.

I miss you everyday Tay. I miss you and I love you! Instead of being all depressed and sad on your birthday/Christmas, we will try to celebrate and remember you. Just like last year, we will put up the big Christmas tree around the corner of our living room, maybe we’ll even setup a department 56 dickens village display on one of the console tables you made, we’ll cook all your favorite food on your birthday/Christmas and invite some friends and relatives. We will try to live well and be grateful always. Please help us esp. Nanay to keep moving forward.

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Simple Things That Make Me Smile

Yesterday I received a nice little gift from my officemate’s son N – a wallet size picture complete with dedication! He’s only 4, btw. Sooo cute hahaha. N is such a fine little boy, very talented and smart too. He knows how to play the drums already. Tita is sorry for pretending to be Anne Curtis to you (I told him I was Anne whenever we talk on the phone and he was really convinced about it). Pls. know that it is your mom who encouraged me to do that hahaha. Thank you Mommey K, I will treasure the picture Thank you also for being a friend to me all these years.

To N, I hope you grow up as a nice young man one day. When Tita Malensky become rich (as in super rich that I walk on money) I shall give you the best yamaha drums set in the world! But for now, a bigger firetruck will do, right? Be safe, you guys!

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Preparing for my first trip to Baguio….this year!

Soo excited for my first trip to Baguio….this year! Thank you Japox for paying for our accommodation. We’re all very excited!

I’ve been to Baguio twice, year 2000 with the whole ECE graduating class, and 2008 with fellow bloggers Reyna Elena and Pinoyambisyoso. Both very memorable to me so I hope this year’s also a good one. I am just happy I could visit the place again because I didn’t have the chance to travel that much last year (except for our Team Building in Laiya and Puerto Galera and a few trips to my barrio) due to busy schedules (and poverty lols).

Visit 168 Divisoria for all your party needs. Very very cheap price there. That HAPPY BIRTHDAY candles is only 30P, you can buy the same thing in Goldilocks for 150P.

Since Japox paid for our accommodation, we decided to make a surprise party tomorrow night to celebrate 2 things – his bday and promotion! Congratulations on being promoted as the new MARKOVA for Asia Pacific! Do you have your business cards already? If you haven’t, I know a place where you can get quality custom business cards printing services for your personal cards. Let me know if you need help, ok. Congrats again! Well deserved! I come!

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Bebemon Wedding

I have been into many weddings and this was honestly one of the best ceremonies ever! It was very light, funny, even the MC was impressed because everyone’s willing to go crazy and just have fun that night! There were singing and dancing everywhere – imagine the Ninangs and the whole entourage dancing to Gangnam Style haha, (yes, I danced too!), the parents of the bride dancing to I Will Survive (first time we saw bossing to dance!!!), Groom and that Harry Potter guy who got the bridal garter danced like they were some kind of strippers – epic!  Adeng, was specially crazy and funny that night, giving life to the reception party. I really enjoyed every minute of it!

My first time in Fernwood and it is really gorgeous!  Color motiff is purple, yellow and gray – perfect colors for a night wedding. Guestbook table looked very pretty and detailed. Each guest table had a wine with laser printer labels of bride and groom’s picture. The food they served were all yummy. Impressive SDE. Watch:

Raymond and Michelle from Dan Mendiola on Vimeo.

It was a beautiful wedding, Mitch and Raymond! I truly believe this is God’s will. Thank you for considering me to be a part of your entourage! And thank you for the lovely gown! Wishing you guys a lifetime of success and happiness! Good health to you both and your babies. Can’t wait to see little Bebemons!

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