Saturday, February 21, 2009

better luck next time

I’m starting off this post with a quote:

“Always too soon to quit. Never too late to start.” – Anonymous

If there is one thing I would like to say to my younger brother today, it would be that quote. It is indeed never too late to start again more intelligently.

The results of the November 2008 Philippine Nursing Licensure Exam was already released by PRC last Friday, February 20, 2009. Sadly, brother’s name didn’t make it to the list of those who passed the said examination. I have been praying to God that he would make it to the list but I guess I didn’t pray hard enough. Brother didn’t pray harder enough. I guess he also needs to work his ass off in order to achieve his goal of adding the title “RN” after his name. You see it’s not just prayers. And it’s not just luck. Diligence. Patience. Sacrifice. Hardwork. Along with a strong faith in God and His kindness, these are also the qualities that would help a man get to his goal. God helps those who also help themselves.

So to my brother, I say, don’t you ever quit! There are lessons learned. And there are second chances. Don’t let this get you down. Rise up from the fall. Someday you will be what you hoped to be.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

that's my brother!

(Just a short but funny recollection of brother McAldz. This happened years ago but everytime I would remember about this, still puts the same smile on my face. :-))

Back then, our eldest brother didn't know much about Internet and stuff. The first time he was introduced to the Friendster network, he was very happy and sent SMS to everybody he knows with this message "Please add me - jules@yahoo.com, password 'bryant'". You have guessed it right, the next lesson we gave him was how to change his password. Hehehe

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Message of Thanks

I could’ve written about this sooner but I’m still waiting for the pictures to get downloaded to the computer.

We got this package at the Mandaue Central Post Office last Friday. Wow, it’s for our little princess Diane Pauline! (Yes, we decided to name her Diane Pauline as Shan had earlier suggested since my sister Jemimah also suggested the same.) Thank you, Cathy, Jordan and Rome for being so sweet and thoughtful. Thanks for the nice message on the card, too.

Thanks also to the Mandaue Central Post Office for rendering an honest service. We only had to pay thirty-five pesos for the customs fee. I heard about some horrible stories about packages not getting to the supposed recipient. In fact, it’s been almost three months since my hubby’s sister sent a package from Norway to their parents in Talisay via registered mail but the package was unheard of until now. His sister might have to file a complaint for this. Whew! I wonder what’s wrong with the world today.

A Valentine's Dinner at Max’s

Like I mentioned in my previous post, it’s been a rainy day in Cebu. Not good for celebrating Valentine’s Day elsewhere. We thought we should be staying in the house but we realized we needed to buy my pre-natal vitamins and to pay our electric bill. So we had no choice but to get out of our cage and take care of these itineraries. After taking care of these things, we simply decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day by having a dinner date at Max’s restaurant. This is our favorite restaurant, by the way.


I think I have eaten too much again. Guilty as charged. LOL. I even enjoyed drinking a glass of iced tea but I don’t think it will do any harm to my princess inside my womb. Please, it’s just a glass of iced tea hehehe. It was a Happy Valentine’s Day for the three of us. Happy Valentine’s Day to all my friends!


Saturday, February 14, 2009

the weather in cebu

I woke up with my husband still sleeping soundly in bed. I just realized it's Valentine's Day! It's a rainy morning. Makes me want to go back to bed but I guess I've had enough sleep already that I decided to open the computer and do a little surfing. While I'm at it, I'm thinking, or should I say daydreaming, if we were to live anywhere in America today, which state would that be? We do have relatives living in New Jersey but I guess it would be a wonderful experience to live in Arizona, particularly in Scottsdale. For the record, I just learned that they've experienced their warmest weather this year. At 80 degrees, I think I would love to be in Arizona to experience their warm winter. Also, if I may add, if anyone is thinking of relocating or retiring anywhere in the U.S., why don't you check out the White Mountain Vacation Club (courtesy of SFP)?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Life's A Constant Change

This is what moving on is all about. Officemates are saying goodbye to one another. Thanks to our colleague Lloyd for this video. And thanks to Jose Mari Chan for songs like this. Got me teary-eyed. Goodbye, everyone. See you around the next bend.



Constant Change (by Jose Mari Chan)

We're on the road
We move from place to place
And oftentimes when I'm about to call it home
We'd have to move along
Life is a constant change...

The friends we know we meet along the way
Too soon the times we share form part of yesterday
'Cause life's a constant change
And nothing stays the same, oh no

Clouds that move across the skies
Are changing form before our very eyes

Why couldn't we keep time from movin' on?
Hold on to all the years before this moment's gone?
Why must we live the days at such a frightening pace?

We're all like clouds that move across the skies
And changing form before our very eyes

Have we outgrown our Peter Pans and wings?
We've simply grown too old for tales of knights and kings
'Cause life's a constant change
And nothing stays the same, oh no

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

we're getting that full-time job soon...

So I’ve forgotten to write an update about my pregnancy. Let me just pick up where I left off. I’ll be on my eighth month this February 15th. Last Sunday, I went to the clinic for my pre-natal checkup. Ob gyne almost forgot to give me my second dose of anti-tetanus that day. I almost forgot about it, too. Lately, this pregnancy is keeping me from remembering a lot of things. I’ve already stepped out of the consultation room and she had already pushed the button to call on her next patient when my husband who was just in the waiting area asked me if I was done with the anti-tetanus stuff. I had to ask the front desk assistant so that I’d be allowed to go back in to remind her about it. It’s in the patient card, doc. How could you have missed it? You had the schedule of the shot clearly written. I could have told her that but I didn’t. I don’t blame her. She got lots of patients every Sunday. It’s already way past lunch but she had to attend to about ten patients more. This is the same ob gyne I talked about several posts ago. I know I have tagged her as prima donna at one point. It was an irritating experience but I guess I didn’t quite understand her at that time. Aside from reporting at the clinic on Sundays, she’s also working in a hospital. Sometimes she gets caught up with a lot of patients there that she would unintentionally keep us waiting. There were a couple of instances also where she really didn’t show up, but that’s because she had emergencies to attend to. Anyhow, I learned that she’s good at what she does and she's not charging too much. So it means I have kept my patience--and I just took her as my private doctor. Well, well, well, what a development!

This weekend, we’ll start packing the things that I will need in the hospital. My big and itching stomach and a kicking thing inside constantly remind me that I’m definitely getting closer and closer to my due date. I’m thinking that when that time comes, I’ll be putting on my ugliest face ever when I get to the labor room, but hopefully, I’d put on my happiest face when I get the chance to hold my little version for the very first time.

I’m nervous. I'm scared. I’m excited. Mixed feelings. We’re about to become parents! Whew! That sure is a full-time job.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

have i lost my sense of humor?

I have always looked at life as a roller coaster ride. Some days are happy, some days are sad. Today, you’re in trouble, the next day, your happiness is doubled. And whether we like it or not, we will journey through this life with both the bitter and the better things. It’s just a matter of dealing with the bitter and savoring the better—and hopefully, looking forward to the best.

Wow, am I getting serious or what? Have I lost my sense of humor? Being married is not just all fun and romance. It is also a lifetime commitment and obligation to your partner and to the marriage. Having or expecting a baby gives another excitement to the marriage but it also requires an even more serious role for the couple. Talk about trying to make all ends meet. Raising your child with the good and right values. Trying to shape ourselves to become the best parents we can be. This and probably much more.

I’m sure you already know by now that hubby will be out of job effective February 28th. When you really think about it, it’s quite depressing. As his officemate, I’ve seen how serious he is with his job. He’s not the type that just works for the sake of working and getting paid. Unfortunately, he will be one of those who would have to seek for other opportunities elsewhere. We thought it’s just so untimely. It’s not a good welcome gift for the baby. But we’re not about to lose hope. I’ve seen how optimistic he is with getting a new job. And when he is about to lose his optimism, we cling to God for help and guidance.

Long before this retrenchment thing, we’ve been discussing about not being employed in the same company so that when things such as this arise, we’re not about to risk losing both our jobs. We didn’t act upon it right away but it’s just so fortunate that the company is keeping me for now and God only knows for how long. I still feel lucky though. No new company would shelter you with a new job when you’re eight months’ pregnant, right?

Call it a blessing in disguise. Hopefully, he gets his hard-earned paycheck and a separation pay and will be shaking hands with his new employer soon. Take it from the wife who believes so much in her husband—and more importantly, in God’s kindness. We’ve seen how God works. We just got amazed. Every time we feel we’re about to lose hope, help just comes out of nowhere, when we least expect them.

What we’re experiencing now is no joke. But definitely, I still haven’t totally lost my sense of humor. He’s not losing his. Maybe it’s just taking a back seat, for the meantime. When you’re traveling through an unfamiliar road, it’s best to keep your head straight on the road and do some serious driving.
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