Friday, December 28, 2012

a partnership business, why not?

Not so long ago, I had been talking to some friends about opening up a partnership business, an online selling business, that is. This plan didn't materialize this year, though. We thought we could squeeze some time for this but we ended up getting too busy with our own bread and butter - our respective jobs! We are not giving up, though. Hopefully, after we have already set up and optimized our online presence, we would be able to launch this small business some time next year. Right now, we're still discussing how we can make this small business work smoothly because we also don't want it to interfere with our jobs. We ended up agreeing to have some roles/tasks to carry out. I thought my role is quite challenging since I will have to focus on the marketing side of the business. Hmmm, how do I do that and how do I get started? Perhaps someone can help me carry out some parts of my task. I thought I could probably use some advertising ideas from a friend who happens to be a professional copywriter and editor. Another good old friend who will arrive from the U.S. next year suggested that we print flyers at printingamerica.com because she thinks flyers can be effective advertising tools for our business. Hopefully, I can come up with some catchy phrases for our future ad campaign. Now, I am getting all the more excited in this business! I can't wait to get started. I am really hoping that 2013 will be another good year for me and my business-minded friends.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

a message of gratitude to my wonderful in-laws

When our HR personnel sent a message today congratulating my husband for his anniversary at work yesterday, I got teary-eyed. Her message was a great reminder that it has already been a year since we have been welcomed by my in-laws in their home. Moving away from our own home was something we needed to do since we couldn't find someone we can rely on to take care of our little girl while we are going back to work in an office environment. We are so lucky and grateful that the in-laws have been very gracious enough to welcome us into their home and to have unselfishly poured over their love and attention to our daughter. Hopefully, come January 2013, we are going back to our own home, bringing with us all the unconditional love and support they have shown to us while we are staying with them and while our daughter was in their care.

No words can ever express how grateful I am for their kind and thoughtful ways. Although we have already found someone reliable to watch over our kid, we know that the love/attention they have given to our kid is unmatched. I could never thank them enough. I pray that the Lord will bless them even more. Truly, they are among the finest, genuine people I have ever met in my entire existence. :-)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

thinking of what to give to my little girl

What do I get her for Christmas? I am almost running out of unique ideas. If I ask my daughter what she wants to get, I am sure she has lots of things on her list that I may end up broke. LOL! Although I thought of granting her own wish to own a new pair of Barbie sandals, I also thought of giving her something that I have decided on my own - a gift that she would be surprised to receive because she didn't ask for it. Wasted no time, I have looked around online for ideas and found some really nice toys for girls that I knew she would love to have and play with. She is at this stage where she would enjoy playing with dolls and animal figures. Hopefully, I can get her the caravan toy or any Sylvanian Families toy just in time for Christmas. As a mom, I hope to make this season of giving and love the merriest experience for my daughter; although I don't just mean the material things. This is why I also want to make sure that husband and I get to spend the best quality time with her.


This Christmas and in the many Christmases to come, I hope to make my daughter smile and to give her joy in every way I can.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

a few days before Christmas

Several years back, I've had mixed feelings about Christmas. It was like a part of me wants to rejoice and celebrate in this season of giving but there was also a part of me that grieves and aches for the loss of my mom.

Yes, it was five years ago, a few days before Christmas, when we lost mom. It took me some time before I have overcome this huge feeling of loss. At the time of her death, it has only been less than two months since I got married.  I remembered I was juggling my time between work and married life that all I did was wish I could go home and see her. Who knew we would lose her that year? Definitely we were all clueless. If I had known, I thought I would have put off everything else and spend most of my time with her that year. But everything is all in the past now. I know she's happy where she is already. Every time I think of her, I would recall the happy times with her. I would also recall those times when she was starting to worry that I didn't have a lovelife. This was prior to meeting my husband. I would recall those times when she tried to play the matchmaker and gave my cellphone number to anyone she considered a potential match for me. I found this desperate cause to find me my prince charming more funny that it is embarrassing :-) And when I was younger, I also remembered her asking me if I had wished my mom had a job instead of being just a plain housewife so she could help dad financially in sending us to school and in providing for our needs. Indeed, life was a little hard at that time but I am proud of her for being there for us 24/7. I will always miss her and the things that used to be when she was here. I no longer feel sad, though, that she's gone ahead because it is God's will and I have already looked forward to spending a happy Christmas each year.  

Friday, December 14, 2012

thinking of a gift for a terrific husband

I have personally declared this day as husband appreciation day. I do appreciate him everyday for everything that he is and everything that he does but just this week, he had practically over delivered. I will spare all the details but it has something to do with him being a great listener. You see, when there's something that's bothering or troubling me, he is all ears for me. What seemed to be complicated for me seemed easy enough for him to solve. For all those times that he's been a terrific husband and confidant, I thought he deserved to have a gift from me and I am thinking of getting him a guitar and a chord book. He's been wanting to add guitar playing to his list of his hobbies. Hopefully, he will be able to learn how to play great music and I’ll be his biggest fan he will never lose. The purchase will have to wait, though, as I am still saving up my extra earnings online to be able to come up with an amount to pay for such a terrific musical instrument.

this music is keeping me awake

Happy Friday. It's almost midnight here. I'm already sleepy but I need to finish some online tasks. So, I  have to find ways to keep me awake. This is one of those times when music on Youtube can be of much help. Right now, the music of  Foc Fashion, one of Cebu's rising bands, is keeping me awake and enthusiastic about  completing my assignments for the day that I could do away with coffee and still stay focused towards the end. Of course, I had to stop briefly to check out their video.  I only have good words for this band. After all, I personally know one of its members. The bassist here is my sister's bf. Cool! :-)

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on keeping our promises

Lately, it is getting a little harder for us to leave for work every morning as there are times already when our daughter wouldn't want to be left behind. I thought that she has already gotten past the separation anxiety stage but there are now instances that she would cry and beg to go with us. Thankfully, a simple promise of returning back home with her favorite lollipop and chocolate drink is usually enough for her to let us go. However, we always have to make sure that whenever we would promise her anything, we need to make sure that we're not breaking it since she has sharp memory that she would usually remember to ask about it later when we get home. There was one time, though, that we almost forgot to buy what we promised her to get. It was a good thing that there's a convenience store near the gasoline station where we stopped to fill our motorcycle tank with fuel. At first I thought it would take longer to find exactly the goodies that we needed to buy for our daughter but I was glad to find that they have organized Retail Store Displays, so the last-minute shopping turned out really quick and easy. Next time, we'll make sure she is reminded why we need to leave home each day without bringing her along. After all, I know it is not good to bribe our daughter with something just so she wouldn't cry when we leave.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

getting caught up

The past few weeks went pretty hectic that I again find it really hard to sneak in to blog as well as to blog hop. Yes, the line had been very busy again. Thinking about it, I felt sad about not being able to see my good friend before she went back to the U.S. There is also another friend that I have been meaning to see and she's even just around the corner from where I work. Oh, I really felt bad about not being able to attend to two consecutive birthday parties hosted by these two mommy friends. My little girl should have enjoyed the two separate Jollibee birthday parties but it was too bad because her mom got caught up with other pressing itineraries. It's a good thing that these mommy friends understood me and my situation. I do hope to make it up to them next time!

I have not even written/blogged long enough but my daughter wouldn't get to sleep if I don't sleep beside her. So, off to bed will I go now. I'll probably just pretend to sleep and sneak back in if I can. :-)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

a quick update on today's event

It was kind of our boss to let us go home at noon today because of a typhoon. I had a lot of things to do at work but it was safer to be at home than be trapped in the workplace when the strength of typhoon increases. Indeed, when calamities like this strike, we would want to be with our family than anywhere else. So, I was excited about the thought of surprising our daughter for being home early. However, when we arrived home, we found our daughter sleeping in the sofa. She doesn't want to be surprised, huh! Anyway, it's not like I didn't have anything to do besides waiting for her to wake up. I thought it was also good chance to tinker with the computer as I remembered that a Windows cleanup is already due. Definitely, I am no longer pleased with my computer's performance. However, I could not proceed as planned as I realized we had power outage - something that naturally happens when there's a threat of a strong typhoon. The power just got back tonight, though, but it's almost bedtime when I got the chance to go online. Right now, I definitely could use some sleep. So, any updates that I need to make on the computer had to be put on hold.

on grandmother's funeral

Last Saturday, we went to attend grandmother's funeral. It was one hot afternoon but the heat was tolerable since our aunt hired a bus to get us all to the cemetery. We were told that she actually hired two buses; so, me and my family (dad, me and my sister, husband and kid) chose to ride on one bus with less people still on it so we can be comfortably seated. However, after we went a few kilometers and stopped at an unexpected destination, we realized that we didn't know the rest of the people that were on the bus. It was then clear to us that we were on the wrong bus! Thanks to SMS and mobile technology, we were able to communicate with my other two siblings. Fortunately, the bus that they were on was still coming; so eventually, we were able to ride on the right bus. Even in times of mourning, some circumstances such as this happen so that we can see the funny side of life. In fact, I have also recalled that in another funeral we have attended some two years ago, we have also experienced one funny situation wherein we have mistakenly eaten the snacks served by  another bereaved family who mistook us for their relatives. Boy, were we embarrassed but it's a good thing that they didn't notice the blunder we made; so, we quickly got ourselves away from the wrong crowd. :-)

Going back to the topic on grandmother's funeral, I was really touched by our aunt's eulogy. When she recalled and said a lot of good things about grandmother, I also remembered my late mom's character. How my aunt described our grandmother was almost exactly how I would describe my mom as a mother when she was alive. When it was my turn to say my piece, I wasn't able to completely get all my thoughts together but I was able to thank my grandmother for everything that she was when she was alive. What I am today is also partly because of her because she has raised our mom so well that she was also able to impart her parenting skills to us.
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