SMS Archive 12.28.2013

R: I met up with my first love last night. We remembered the 3 yrs that we did not talk. I tried to find out why we fell apart and what I failed to learn from him; M and T left me the way he left me, there must be something wrong with me. I realized he left because he is the kind of man who will choose to not be with someone like me. I wish I can extensively share with you my thoughts abt yesterday. You might find it amusing.


Me: I’ve long accepted the fact that people come and go in our lives. Those people had left me, hurt me because that’s what they are meant to be in my life. Every day, I try to be a better than I was yesterday, still that doesn’t guarantee that he will not leave me. I had given up my search for love to destiny and had learned to live one day at a time. As for love, all I can do is wait for it to come. I hope soon. Soon. Honestly, nakakapagod din mag-isa. 

WHAT IM THANKFUL FOR @ 2013 (Part 2)

12.28.2013 9:24AM

Part 2

May

While undergoing the training and the MA classes, I made friends with a lot of people. Nakakataba ng pusong mapalibutan ng mga taong kaisa sa hangarin at nagnanais na hindi lamang maging guro kundi nagnanais ng pagbabago at pag-unlad sa pamamagitan ng edukasyon.

I paid Lola a quick visit in Bicol at meron akong nadiscover na isang magandang batis malapit samin. Unlike before, di na ngayon mahigpit sila Lola sa mga gala ko sa baryo. Kahit sinong kasama ko, kahit anong oras, pwede na.

Nagpractice teach, nag-aral, nagdecorate ng aming magiging classroom for the incoming school year, at kinilala an gaming mga magiging co-workers sa school kung san kami magtuturo.
Excited and positive pa ang tingin ko sa pagiging public school teacher ko sa panahong ito.

June

Lumipat sa bago kong tahanan sa may Quezon City. Gusto ko yung paligid. Mahirap lang kasi this time, I’m living all on my own. First time kong mag-spare ng kinikita ko para sa bahay na inuupuhan ko. Malayo din ako sa bahay, wala si Mama, meaning, walang sinabawang gulay na dadatnan.

Lagi akong pagod from school, pero meron pa din naman akong nakikitang sparks for the day to keep me going. In a week’s time, kabisado ko na ang mga pangalan ng 57 students ko.

Umiyak ako nung kelangan ilipat ang iba sa kanila. Kahit dalawang linggo pa lang kami magkakasama, eh nasanay na akong anjan sila #separationanxiety


July

Eto yung panahon na tinatanong ko yung sarili ko kung bakit ko nga ba pinili magturo. Yung fantasy stage ko at tapos na at mukhang naglilinger ako sa Survival stage.

Blogger/Teacher Jonathan of Metaphorically Speaking visited my class, though na-lift ang suspension later that morning, nakapagturo pa din sya sa iilang mga bata sa Grade 3. Nakakatuwa kasi rain or shine, push talaga sya sa pagpunta nung araw na yun.

August

Birthday month ko! Gumawa ko ng wishlist para sa sarili ko at nakakatuwang isipin na merong mga taong willing magshare ng kanilang mga resources para mapasaya ko! Maraming-maraming Salamat po J

Umuwi ulit ako ng Bicol over the weekend para lang maki-fiesta. Di na ko nalalasing. Hahaha.

Dumating si Tidibur c/o Gracie of Gracie’s Network

I got books and a chance to watch Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maxie sa PETA last November c/o Dadijay

I got a new guitar complete with tuner and capo c/o Kuya

Everyday, I learned to see the tiny sparks from my kids, na kapag pinagsasama ko, napapangiti ako, and makes me realize, this job maybe a thankless job, but worth remembering.

Andaming mga araw na walng pasok dahil sa Habagat, mabuti na lang at maayos naman ang kalagayan ng mga kakilala ko, walang casualty.

September

Ni-try ulet namin ang no-strings attached kind of relationship. Hindi talaga pwede.

October

2nd PBO Bazaar ay ginanap sa QC Circle.

Sunud-sunod ang weekend teacher trainings/seminars

November

Dahil kelangan naman ng work-life balance, nag-getaway ako at aking Muslim friend sa Burot Beach sa Calatagan. I had the chance to see an amazing sunset.

Sobrang gusto nang sumabog ng dibdib ko sa dami ng issues sa school. Minsan gusto ko nang isumbong ang dapat isumbong, pero kelangan maghinay-hinay. May tamang panahon para sa lahat ng laban.

Bigayan ng report cards ng mga bata, may nagsabing, first time nya daw magka-line of 8 sa card.

December

Parang hindi magpa-Pasko. Hindi malamig ang simoy ng hangin. Busy sa lahat ng bagay.

Get together everywhere.

Hindi natapos ang taon nang hindi ako nakaka-akyat ng bundok, kaya nung dumating sila Kuya, first weekend stop was the Pinatubo Trek Adventure :) Sobrang refreshing ang pawisan habang naglalakad sa kabundukan.

Namatay ang isang mabuting kaibigan nang hindi ko man lang nakausap o nadalaw sa ospital. Dahil sa frustration, di ako makapagtabaho efficiently. Ten days after, isa na naming kaibigan ang namaalam. Sya ang tanungan ko about tech stuff, excel techniques at kung pano ko ba mapapataas ang aking stats para magkaron ng monthly incentive. Kasabay ko din sya umuwi kapag wala syang drinking sessions with other friends.

Naidaos naman ang Christmas Party ng mga bata. Kahit mukha akong wasted, pinilit ko pa ding maging masaya sa harap nila. Kids, bawi na lang si Cher Kat sa pasukan.

Akala ko yung isang pinsan ko lang at yung partner nya ang magbabakasyon dito sa Pilipinas. Dahil may pasok pa ko sa school during that time, eh weekend gala lang ako nakakasama at buti na lang din pumayag akong sumama nung December 21-22 sa Camayan Beach and Ocean Adventure. Nakapag-swimming ako kasama ang mga dolphins na sila Zac at Hali. A once in a lifetime experience!

Another surprise ay ang pagdating ng aking Ate, pinsan ko sya, pero sya na din ang kinalakihan kong Ate since ako ay panganay na babae sa aming mga magkakapatid. 7-month old preggy, maraming mga pagkain na bawal sa kanya at sobrang maingat din kami sa mga byahe at mga kilos sa tabi nya. Nakakatawa lang kapag baby/preggy brain activated sya. Hahaha. Lutang mode.

I got another chance to meet bloggers sa idinaos na 1st PBO Christmas Party. Daming games and raffle prizes! More parties and outreach to come.

Tapos na ang Pasko, nakapamigay na ng mga regalo. Babalik na din ako sa school forms na dapat tapusin.

Part 3, all about the 2013 checklist. 


Time Stop: 12:34PM









WHAT IM THANKFUL FOR @ 2013 (Part 1)

10:55 PM. 12.25.2013

Ilang oras na lang at matatapos na ang Christmas Day. Pero hindi ang totoong diwa ng Pasko.
Thank You Lord for giving us your Son to save us from the sins of hell.

Oo, para sakin, yan ang Pasko. Meron akong mga kaibigang hindi naniniwala sa Pasko dahil sa religious affiliation nila at meron din naman hindi naniniwala dahil hindi talaga sila naniniwala na may Supreme Being at nakikiisa sa pagdiriwang ng Saturnalia.

Anu't anuman ang ating mga paniniwala, lahat naman siguro tayo ay may mga maipapagpasalamat sa taong 2013. Mahirap sabihing naging isang napakasayang taon ito dahil sa mga trahedyang nagdaan sa ating paligid, meron pa rin namang mga bagay na nangayari sa taong ito na nakapagbigay satin ng ngiti at saya.

Etong sakin, sisimulan ko na.

January
     Nagsimula akong magkaron ng mga bagong kaibigan through blogging sa tulong na din ni Senyor.
   
      Naconfirm ko sa sarili kong gusto ko na talagang magturo.

February
     Wala man akong lovelife, pero nung February 14, nakatanggap naman ako ng tawag sa telepono na nagsabing, tanggap na ako bilang Guro!

March 
     Nakasama ako sa pangalawang outreach ng PBO sa Bahay ni Maria. Naimbyerna man sakin si Senyor, di naman yun nakahadlang para maenjoy namin ang after-outreach overnight stay sa isang resort sa Pansol.
   
    Nag-try ako ng fling-fling love affair, di nag-effect. So wala.

April 
     Sa parehong araw, nagserve ako ng aking last day sa office at pagtapos ng shift, pag-uwi sa bahay, kinuha ang mga bagahe at nag-move ako sa dorm na naging tahanan ko for almost two months habang ako ay nasa training para maging isang public school teacher.


11:30 PM 12.25.2013

Brain working no more. Part 2 and 3 to follow.

Merry Christmas Again Everyone!

Jason, Aloja and Goodbye


                After battling colon cancer for the past 6 months, my friend, Aloja, passed away last Saturday, December 14, 2013.
                It was a shock. We all knew she was hospitalized late July, had an operation early August for the extraction of rectal polyps. We thought that had been the end of it all. We thought that the culprit had been out of her system and will harm her no more.
                I had known her since high school. She is tall, slim, has long, black and kinky hair. Even without looking, you would know that it’s her just by hearing her crisp laughter. She loves joking around and about people and always finds something funny about everything.
                She was an orphan. The principal of their barangay school took care of her since she was a baby. Fed her. Clothed her and sent her to school. We barely talk about her family. I barely talk to her during free time because I would either be busy with academics or extra-curricular activities. But since our school was just a small one, we get to see each other every day. She was also my tita’s favorite student because of her life story, her being responsible and happy disposition. After high school, our only connection were only through friends and then came facebook which had been our constant way of communicating and updating about each other.
                After graduating college, she moved to Manila, got a job and searched for her parents. She was able to locate her dad who already has his own family and her mom who lives abroad. That all happened a couple of years ago. She visits her dad’s family every now and then and communicates with her mom via facebook and international calls . Mission accomplished.
She had also found love while working here in Manila. They had always been one of my favorite couples on facebook, for I saw her complete transformation from being boyish to being that sophisticated lady who loves make ups, pumps and dresses and now had long, straight hair. I would always tease her about that whenever we get to chat.
When she moved to Manila, her lifestyle also changed. She now has to work and pay rent. Since her salary is not that much and she now has a lifestyle to maintain, her main priorities had changed. She also prefers sodas and softdrinks over water, and instant food over home-cooked meals. No more vegetables. As early as 2011, she had been complaining of seeing blood in her poop but never bothered to consult a doctor and continued with daily living until this year, she had to be confined and an operation had to be done.
She celebrated her 28th birthday last December 10, rushed to the hospital last December 11, with so much convicing needed which included taking her photo in a very pitiful state—very thin and dry skin, sunken and depressed face, bloated tummy, her mom flew from Kuwait to see for the first and last time in her life. Finally last Saturday, December 14, 2013. She had given up fighting for her life. I guess maybe because she had fulfilled her dream of meeting her biological family.
                When I visited her wake, her mom can’t still believe what happened to her daughter. She had made plans but now those are all worthless. She had been looking forward to reconnecting with her in the next years.
                I had been carrying this sadness me eversince I’ve heard of this news. Admittedly, I had failed to function properly the past few weeks because of the depression this had caused me. I had no energy to ask family and friends to help me in the Christmas Party of my kids, I didn’t do Christmas shopping like I used to, I just didn’t have the energy to be merry. Since the arrival of my cousins, I had been trying to savour every happy moment and just have fun but there are still moments that I just wanted to be alone and be silent.
                Then today, the 25th of December, one of my friends and former colleague passed away. He had been in and out of the hospital since November, the last news I’ve heard is that he had his HMO card maxed out for this year and had been relying on personal funds and help from relatives and friends to continue his medication. He died of pneumonia. I remember he was diagnosed with TB and took a six-month Leave of Absence.
                Who would have thought they would die so soon. They both were happy-go-lucky and have jolly personalities. Whenever they are around, we will be filled with good vibes and laughter.
                A couple of things I’ve learned about their passing. One, as early as now, we should be aware of what we eat, our lifestyle and just totally how we live our lives. Eat healthy. Live healthy. Second, we should always get the best out of life. I don’t know if they had lived that life, but for Aloja, at least I know that she accomplished one of her missions, finding her parents. As for Jason, he had lived his life as what he would always say, “Wala akong pakialam sa kung anong sasabihin nila, basta ako, iinom at magpapakasaya!” As to how to get the best out of life, I don’t know how, that is something I am still trying to find out for myself.


Farewell Aloja and Jason, I know you are both in a better place. Free from pain. Free from suffering. Cheers!

All I Want for Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone! 

People making lists, buying special gifts.......... 

Dahil dyan at sa pag-tag sakin ni Jei Son at gusto ko din namang gumawa talaga ng listahang ito, at mapagpatol akong tunay eto ang kinalabasan. 

Here are the rules:




  1. Make a post entitled, "All I Want For Christmas 2013," and please use the photo above.
  2. List 6 things that you want to receive as a gift.
  3. Tag 3 friends who will make the same post (no tag backs).
  4. Send me the link so I could check it too (optional)
And here it goes:

1. Books
            Orson Scott Card Sci-Fi Books-   

              Pretty Little Liars Collection:


             Coloring Books- just like this: hehehe
                                    


2. Backpack- thank you to my dear brother, he had given me a new one :D 

3. Guitar Stand - that's what I had put on my monito/monita wishlist, but I guess, she had a hard time finding it.




4. Plain White Shirt - I really like wearing white shirts. Medium Please. 




5. Book Cabinet- it's really nice to see stuff organized and all. 

6. Love, Peace and Prosperity- nobody can give these to us except ourselves. Happy Holidays everyone!!!!

And since I had made my piece, it's time for you: 

1. Sir Jonathan of Methaphorically Speaking, I know one of your wishes had been fulfilled :D Make some more! hehe

2. Kahit alam kong busy ka, Axl of Axl Powerhouse, para masaya!

3. Ser OP of Overthinker Palaboy, pero mukhang nakabakasyon si Ser. Pagbalik mo na lang, in preparation for 2014 listing. Hehe




December: #randomthoughts

9:19 PM

1. December na naman. Di ko alam kung dapat akong magsaya dahil malapit nang matapos ang taon, kalahita na ng aking fellowship ang patapos din o dapat ba akong malungkot dahil ramdam kong hindi pa sapat ang mga ibinibigay kong efforts sa classroom para matuto ang mga bata.

2. May kahiya-hiyang nangyari sa school kanina. I saw the sign, kelangan ko na talagang mag-diet. #push

3. Darating na sila pinsan. Excited na ko kasi more gala, more fun.

4. PBO Party on the 22nd. Punta kayo ha.

5. Magaling na mag-english ang mga students ko. Thank you to Teacher Nikki. Ang galing nya kasi magturo.

6. Andami ko nang nailistang pwedeng topic para maisulat, pero puro pa lang mga simula.

7. Papalitan ko na ang header. Soon

8. Darating din ang aking drinking buddy for vacation, for sure, may hello kitty na naman ako.. Hihi

9. Feeling ko, I'll be spending my summer days sa Pangasinan.

10. Malapit na ang Christmas Party sa school. Nakakatuwang isipin na sila mismong mga bata ay alam na hindi na kelangan ng mga magarbong selebrasyon. Ang simpleng  salu-salo at palaro ay sapat na para magsaya kami.

11. May hinanda kaming song presentation at choral reading para sa party, sana magustuhan ng mga magulang nila kasi yung mga bata, excited talaga sila kapag nagpapractice kami.

12. Minsan nalulungkot ako bigla. Pero alam ko hindi naman ako bipolar. May topak lang.

13. Birthday na ni papa sa 11th, ang hiningi nyang regalo, cash na lang. Lol. Nakakapressure.

14. Kahit gusto kong ipakitang masaya ako, minsan di na talaga kaya, pagod na kasi ako galing sa second job.

15. May mga gusto kong i-post na #cherstories kaso lang pagdating ko lagi, kama na lang ang gusto kong yakapin. Sobrang pagod makipaghuntahan sa mga bagets. Pero promise, masaya ko. Mas sasaya ko, kapag tumaas din ang sweldo ko. Lol.

16. Babalikan ko ang isa sa mga unang posts ko tungkol sa aking goal ngayong 2013, at mag-rereflect kung alin sa listahan ang dapat nang icross-out as fulfilled at aling ang dapat i-push, mga dapat idagdag at mga dapat i-revise.

17. Sa lahat ng nakilala ko, naging kaibigan at kapalitan ng kuru-kuro sa cyberspace, MARAMING-MARAMING SALAMAT! Alam kong kulang ang pasasalamat, ang hangad ko lamang, ay patuloy tayong magsulat, magpahayag ng ating sarili, ibahagi ang saya at lungkot at sama-sama tayong matuto sa bawat yugto ng ating mga buhay.

HAPPY THOUGHTS!

9:43PM

GEG in Manila

Last Saturday, November 23, 2013, I attended the Google Teachers' Workshop in Manila. Obviously, majorly sponsored my Google and hosted by De La Salle University Manila.

It's a free seminar given by the Outreach for South East Asia of Google to all teachers in selected areas in the Philippines. It was mentioned that it was a pioneer project by Google anchored in their hopes of building a community of educators who share, inspire and empower each other to meet the needs of students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond.

The workshop talked about the basics of google apps like the Gmail and Google Drive and how it can be utilized. The presentations are freely available on this site:
Click this link to be re-directed to the training website


Although, the seminar didn't really meet my expectations as an attendee, for most of the functionality discussed are mostly applications I am currently using with my colleagues, there were still new things I had learned:

1. The Google Like a Boss way of searching:


2. The research advance settings in searching and filtering in the Google Search Engine, how to narrow it down in terms of language, posting date, sites, usage rights, file type and reading level (this one, I really don't understand yet)

3. The Google Drive. In there, you can make documents (word), spreadsheets (excel), presentation (powerpoint) and forms (surveys, quizzes, etc) The best feature about it, is that files can be worked on simultaneously by users who share files.  They can edit, update, restore files, all together. The users can also do research, and chat all at the same window! The power of collaboration boosted by the internet and google drive! All available to a maximum number of 50 users for one shared file.

When I talked with the VP for Cloud Consultancy as to what I was expecting for the workshop, the applications for tablets and anroid I can use inside the classroom, like educational games, math applications, flashcards, phonics and others, he said that those kind of apps are available at Play Store and Google does not really make those kinds. It is the third party developers who really do it and pilot it.

They introduced Google+, the social network developed by Google, I'm still trying to get the hang of it.

I had started loving Google Hangout more! It had been my way of communication with my older brothers. I had just known yesterday that in the Video party, 10 people can do a video conference all at the same time. Oh my! I can now imagine how our Christmas will be :)

All in all, the seminar workshop had been a great way to let the teachers know that there a lot of things that can make our work lives a lot more easier. THey just have to open up themselves to change and embrace the fact that we are now living in community that is widely dependent on and that the internet, whom they think is a rival for every kids' attention, is a friend and great tool, only if they are aware of those Google apps and other softwares that can be used in the classroom.

Memories of Burot



Sembreak. We deserve a break!

This is an almost a month late post.

For Reinna and me, it had never been hard to decided where to go, what to eat and what to talk about. The decision to choose Burot Beach came with the following things for consideration:

1. Time - we both can't go away from our jobs for long, but we both know that we have to detach ourselves from it, even just for a day.

2. Budget -  we both have a change of job this year.

3. Beach - it just have to be a beach.

4. Safety - my friend is sort of a security freak and obsessed with rules, I remember, on our first trip, she asked if we have tent rules... Lol...

With all these things in consideration, on November 1-2, 2013, our 2nd Getaway trip for the year happened. Off we go to Calatagan, Batangas via passenger van, cost is Php170/head. Instead of riding a tricycle going to the beach, we were able to negotitate with the driver of the same van to drive us all the way to the beach :D

Entrance to the beach costs Php 65/head for daycamping and Php 130/head for overnight stay. There's no electricity in the area however one can rent tents and tables. As for the costs, I had no idea since we brought our own camping stuff.

Bum. Camp. Bum. Eat. Sleep. Swim. Sleep. Shoot. Shoot. Shoot. Sleep. Bum. Eat. Camp. Bum.

How often can we do all those things, all in the same day, especially the BUM part?

Burot Beach is famous for it's breathtaking sunset. True enough, it was really a moment that one would just stop and watch the ball of fire hide down in the ocean. I even had a moment that I forgot that I should be taking pictures!
Hindi ko alam kung bakit, basta ang mga tsinelas namin ang unang may picture tuwing gagala kami.

Hulaan kung kanino at saang parte ng katawan ang nunal na ito....

Lahat ng nakita kong blog tungkol sa Burot, may ganitong shot, nakigaya lang ako :D 

Try try din magpicture ng flowers lalo at pink :D 

San ka pupunta?

Buti na lang hindi kita yung dumi ni Macky my camera :( 

Andami nagpipicture ng mga oras na to. Ang hirap humanap ng bonggang anggulo..

Syempre, kelangan may picture ang tsinelas kong nakuha ko sa bazaar.

Papalubog na sya. Ayan na!!!!

in-effot ko talagang makuhanan yung bilog na bilog. pero hindi kaya ni macky... sa susunod na lang, :P

Feeling ko may lumilipad na mga paniki tapos lalabas na si Dracula. 

Dinala ko lang ang tripod para maging props. Lels.. 

Pag nasa beach, automatic, may picture ng bangkang naka-dock. Hehe

Umaga na to. Malawak pa pala ang Burot Beach. etong part na to, walang nagka-camp out. At sobrang tahimik.

Good morning. Ilang oras na lang, balik trabaho na naman. 


I definitely wanna go back. Hopefully for the summer, I can take my entire family and friends here.


Coins and Kids

11.13.2013

Today, the school  administrators were to collect and deliver their donations for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. We had talked about this, they agreed that they will save a few pesos from their baon and buy it with  either a can of sardines which costs 17php or a pack of noodles which costs 9php. Applying multiplication lesson on this, we were able to integrate multiplication and money matters. However, only a few were able to bring goodies for donations.

Let me give you a little background about my kids. We are in a public school. One of the most populated public school in the country, third grade, with most kids are frustrated readers, a few are still non-readers. As to how they got promoted to grade three without the necessary skills, I used to ask myself but then I just stopped. Lingering on this won’t make them instant readers with comprehension.

Going back, I noticed that one of their classmates has been holding a bunch of 1-peso coins and a 20-peso paper bill. I asked what was that for, at first they were shy to tell about it. I asked about it one more time, what was it for. The girl handling the money then said, "Ibibigay po namin sa mga nasalanta," Then I asked, "Pano nyo ibibigay?" Silence. The girl with the long hair and ponytails shook her head. Obviously, they don't know what to do with it. "How much do you have now?"   "28php po." "Kanino galing yang mga yan? Taas ang kamay?" Three shy hands raised. Then I said, "Sige, kolektahin mo yan, tapos kung magkano man yang maipon nyo, dadagdagan ko na lang tapos itetext natin sa Red Cross para derechong makatulong dun sa mga nangangailangan.” Then, their other classmates who didn't care at first started gathering around her and giving their share, "Ako magbibigay ng lima" I heard one, "Ako din…." and so on and so forth.

Today, November 13, 2013, most of them probably sacrificed a portion of their meager baon to be given to the victims of Yolanda. Five pesos which was supposed to be for one cup of soup, for most of them, serves as their breakfast meal already. At the end of the day, we gathered Php109.00 in total. For some it may look small, but for this kids it had meant a day’s baon or meal or money they had been saving up for something.

I sat beside their Filipino teacher, teary-eyed and proud of these kids. I dont have a camera! "Cher, papicture naman sila, wala kong dalang kamera," I knew I had to keep a souvenir of this fleeting memory of love, sharing and compassion.

I had been working on their grades. The mastery level had been up but not so significantly. I should be sad, right? I mean, I should question my teaching capacity since the results of the tests given to them were very low. But no, I am proud of my kids. No numbers can ever tell what kind of persons they are going to be. As early as now, I know that they will grow as responsible citizens. More than being diligent, they had learned the art of being compassionate and generous. I am proud because they are my students. Every day, they teach me more than I teach them.

I had stopped battling with my excel files computing their grades and started documenting this story. This is something I dont want to forget. I want to keep on remembering. This is learning beyond the four walls of the classroom and I am not the teacher. The pupils are my teacher.

Everyday, we pray. We pray for ourselves. We pray for the victims of Yolanda and the volunteers. Today, we include that the amount we had gathered, we pray that it may go a long way.

2nd PBO Bazaar!

To support the next outreach program, Pinoy Bloggers Outreach (PBO) held it's 2nd PBO Bazaar last October 26-27, 2013 7am-7pm at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.

PBO had been very active in doing outreach programs this year in several places. You can go and check out the stories in our official blog page: PBO


Day 1

Seven AM calltime and everybody arrived just in time to help in setting up..... 



We haven't completely set up the booth, people started coming and checking the items.....



She bought goodies worth Php 1000.00!

Look who got Ms. B's pre-loved items.... Tinawaran pa talaga yan ni Kuya. Pero dahil si Christian ang nakatoka sa kanya, bonggang tawad siguro ang nakuha nya... Lols... 


Kita nyo naman may bigshot blogger kaming kasama. Bazaar + book signing. Di ko lang alam kung may porsyento ang PBO sa mga librong nabenta sa bazaar.. Hehehe.... 

Sir Glentots ng famous blog WICKEDMOUTH

Ang mga sexy  hardworking salesladies....  


PBOers na nakapunta sa Bazaar nung 1st  Day :) Ang saya namin diba? Ang sarap kasi ng Saba Con Yelo dun sa Cez'Ling Paris. 



Day 2

Bongga ang Day 2. Merong Project Makeover na naganap at bonggang Sale sa lahat ng items!

Mas mabilis kaming nakapag-ayos ngayon.


Ayan, while waiting for customers, picture-picture din ng ..... pwet :P 


Siya si Patrick, nangongolekta sila ng mga plastic bottles sa loob ng QC Circle para maibenta sa Junk Shop. Nung mapadaan sa booth, kasama ang ate nya, umupo sila sa tapat ng mga libro at nagsimulang animo'y nagbabasa ng mga novels. Naisip nilang bigyan sila ng mga libro at bigyan ng TOTAL MAKEOVER.





 Umalis silang magkapatid na masayang-masaya. 


Tuloy ang pagtitinda! 




All items must Go! 


At the end of the 2-day bazaar, we had a Gross Sale of Php 17,810.00 Napakalaking tulong para sa susunod na project. Mas marami tayong magagawa. Mas malayo pa ang mararating ng ating mga malikot na imahinasyon at mapagbigay na mga puso.

To the founders of PBO, thank you for letting us in this group. Had it not been for your initiatives, we will not be experiencing this joyous feeling of being able to help others. To the people who donated their pre-loved items, thank you too! Your donations will go a long way, will make those who bought it smile, will reach many and will touch the souls of those in need. To those who were able to come and volunteer on the days of the bazaar, you know who you are, thank you. 

PBO, thank you for having me. Rest assure that I will support this cause in any way that I can.










10.21.2013 Merry Monday

It was a regular Monday afternoon when I got home. I had loads of test papers with me. Unchecked or I don’t even want to check but I have to. Oh well.

When I get home, I would drop all my bags on the floor in the living room. Then, I’ll kick off my shoes. Would start unbuttoning my uniform as I walk up the stairs towards my room. Change to house clothes. Lie in bed. Grab my tab. Check my phone. (I usually forget to bring my phone to school).

Let the Merry Monday Begin

Two missed calls and several messages all from the same number. 
It’s Dadi Jay.

He is in the country for vacation with his family. Last August, he was one of the people who took time to read my Wishlist. He asked for my address and contact numbers and promised that he will fulfill one on the list. Then he said, if he cant send it in soon, he might just give it to me when he gets here this coming October. October came and I’m not really that type who would remind people about promises or I would even forget about it altogether. Dadi Jay did not forget about it and is very much willing to fulfill one of my many wishes! As I check my facebook, he also left a few messages and had made suggestions for the plays or concerts I can avail through his as he would call it, “random act of kindness”. I am left speechless for a little while. I can’t seem to say anything. My mind is clouded with many thank yous!

We also had a bit of chitchat about his stay and catch up about a few friends, then later on, he asked if I could meet him up at Trinoma so he can hand me his gift since he will be back to the province the following day to reunite with his family. Of course, I said yes! (baka kasi magbago pa isip na DadiJay about my gift, sayang naman, Hahaha)


It was a very quick meet up at Kenny Rogers because he is also scheduled to go to DFA to pick up some documents. He handed me a paperbag with a book and little sand souvenir from Dubai. Because of him, I can definitely watch MAXIE THE MUSICAL, wishlist #11, good as fulfilled. Though the play is set to start on November 9, as early as now, I know, I’ll watch it! I’m so excited! He talked about his ongoing hiatus in blogging, on it’s 5th month now. But I bet, he will be back soon! Of course, he will be. He also plans to meet a few more bloggers while he is here. I hope to meet him up again and his cute little kiddo, Caleb.  A little more talk about online stocks and investments. He said, it’s what keeps him up and busy lately. It feels good to know that we are all getting concerned about our future and financial stability. A few more updates about common friends and it was time for him to go.  More or less than 30 minutes of talking to him, obviously was not enough but hopefully, we could do it again some other time on a more relax setting.  So, we parted ways our goodbyes and wish other well. As I walk my way out of the mall, I am still smiling, as I ride the PUJ, the tricycle and all the way home! I can’t help it. The big smile is painted on my face. I feel so blessed. 


The Merry Monday Continues

Kuya called up to ask if I can pick up the guitar later that evening.

I always wanted to have a guitar of my own, we only have one at home and I can’t just bring it with me to my new house. So when Kuya decided to give his guitar, I am lucky girl!

Last summer, he decided to let go of his violin, which my younger siblings gladly took, and until now, they are still struggling to learn it. I had no plans of stressing myself with it. Though they say that it really is a destressor. Oh well, let them have it. I am glad of my new guitar.


It’s a Fernando Acoustic Guitar with a built-in Electronic Tuner which would really make my life easier. I met him at UP Technohub around 9:30PM, his work starts at 10PM. I wish we could talk longer, I miss the good old days when we were still together, studying at the same university, sharing our ups and downs. Now that we are both working, we rarely have time to catch up, we just Hang Out. Hehehe. The maker of that app was so witty to name it that way.


It was already 10:30 PM when I got home, way past my bedtime. When I saw my bed, I finally felt tired and sleepy. As I lie in bed and recall what happened to my Monday, saying that it was a merry Monday is an understatement, it was a BLESSED Monday. 

Thank You Lord for letting me have these wonderful, generous people in my life. May they continue to share their blessings and inspire the people around. Just like them, let me be a blessing to others in my own little way, every day.