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Sep. 19th, 2015

dropping oca off etc.

this day and yesterday made me so physically and emotionally-drained. i don't have the energy to type this but i'm pushing on because i want quite badly to document my thoughts while they're still fresh. this morning we dropped oca off at naia for his trip to sapporo.( i'm proud of you oca for being so on-the-go.) before the airport, we had to make a detour to Bulacan State University to make an appeal to the Evaluating Body of the regional SUCs that gave Oca a rank of Professor I as opposed to the pre-computation done at ASCOT. Knowing Oca, I knew he wouldn't be content in letting it rest if only to know the reason for the discrepancy. Frankly, I was a bit worried because it was a Friday, therefore Flyday, in most government offices (am not kidding, this is true!). Lucky for us, the Evaluators were there and they were able to answer oca's queries. In fairness to my hubby, his persistence was rewarded because he reached Professor II. And one step higher is better than no step at all. (I learned yesterday that people vying for professorship must undergo a panel interview before they could be full-pledged.) So after BulSU, we drove to Pasay, to MOA, to buy his things to bring. The traffic was worse than ever, congestion was due to road construction apparently. At last, at past 7pm, we were at MOA, looking for a parking space took so much time. We were confused as to what to do first. We had the 3 kids with us, and daddy (Oca's dad) and Obet, his brother who so gamely acted as driver. The kids wanted to ice skate so we bought 3 tickets for them and left them in the care of lolo and tito obet. Oca and I meanwhile took that chance to hurriedly buy his omiyage (souvenirs) for his labmates and senseis. He brought his luggage (he decided to buy a much larger one) long-sleeved shirts, a couple of pants, and personal stuff in under an hour which was no mean feat as there was a RED Tag sale going on at the mall and the place was crowded. I shopped for his meds at Watsons (just the essentials). I couldn't buy any for his blood pressure 'coz I didn't have doctor's prescription with me. (I'm keeping my fingers crossed that your bp remains stable, dear). We promised the kids that we would eat at their favorite buffet place but it was far from where we were, so we opted for Ramen Nagi instead, which was okay because I missed ramen. We had Butao, Black Ramen, and Chashu Rice. Not contented, Kahlil had two orders of takoyaki from nearby stall. We were dead tired na so we drove to SOGO, our usual place to stay in Manila or elsewhere. The first SOGO branch we went to had a long-waiting list, so we looked for another branch. We were in our rooms at 11pm.( Good thing we had a senior citizen with us plus a SOGO card and that took care of the discount.) This morning we had a quick breakfast and then we dropped Oca off at NAIA. Kara was teary-eyed when her tatay went inside the NAIA building and she was constantly asking when tatay will come home. When I told her, she started counting the days. She then asked for a paper and pencil where she drew a picture of her and tatay together with a caption and a short note below it. I should remember to take a photo of it for documentation. I hope and pray that you arrive safe and sound Oca, and like Kara I'm counting the days, too:-). Enjoy your stay there and think of me when you're eating ramen or our favorite Indian curry at Mohan Dish:-). After typing this, I'm feeling better already! I won't even write here the impossible traffic we had to go through before we could finally be home here in Baler.

May. 6th, 2015

Answer for question 4336.

What's your reaction towards people who are outspoken about their beliefs (whether that's politics, religion, or anything else)? Does your reaction change based on whether you agree with them or not?
I try as much as I can to listen and understand where they are coming from. Respect is the key. Tolerance is, also. As much as possible, I try to not join in when the topic is about religion, though. From experience, people can really be opinionated and close-minded talking about their faith.

Answer for question 4348.

If you had to choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would you choose? (Assume any chosen food has complete and balanced nutrition, even if nothing could be further from the truth.)
Pizza! I could live on it and never get tired of eating it. I would make sure that it has all the toppings that would constitute all the food groups...it would be laden with lots of cheese (different kinds), onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, olives, pineapple bits, pepperoni, all kinds of lean meat, anchovies, herbs and spices. It would have cheese-stuffed crust, too. And of course, it's gonna be a deep-dish pizza, none of the thin-crust for me, please.

May. 5th, 2015

my (late) two cents re maypac

I'm an avid fan of pacman, needless to say I was sad when he lost. I got over it easily though. Mayweather was more gracious that what was usual for him during his after-the-match interview, even saying that Pacman was a tough opponent. Is Pacquiao a loser? I don't think so. He has earned millions from the fight and to the hearts of many, including myself, he is the true champion. If I were him, I would consider retirement. It's high time na, Manny. You don't have anything to prove anymore. You've more than proven your worth. I am proud to be Pinoy because of you.

Dec. 25th, 2014

Answer for question 4160.

Who was your first best friend? Are you still in contact with them? If not, what would you say to them if you could talk to them today?
my first best friend was marianne irabagon. sadly, we lost contact. if i could, i would ask her for a date and catch up on things. we both like reading so i'm sure we won't run out of things to say.

Answer for question 4162.

Pet peeves are those seemingly-minor things people do or say that really annoy you. What tops your list of pet peeves?
dirty nails, doing other things while conversation is going on, people who overstay their welcome or visit unannounced and yet expect to be entertained, people with a sense of entitlement

Answer for question 4166.

What would you consider to be your best achievement to date? Why are you particularly proud of it?
my greatest achievement would be raising 3 kids to the best of my ability, together with my husband of course. second in rank would be me finishing my masters. it's not the education per se that i'm proud of but the effort i put on travelling from my place to my school. it takes 3 hours of mountain travel by car from my place to my grad school. this coming 2015 i'm thinking of taking the board exams so i could be a licensed counselor.

Dec. 23rd, 2014

it's the 23rd Dec 2014!

pardon the title...i guess i'm just so excited about Christmas. The gifts are on the table, kahlil put them there. I don't want Christmas break to be over soon. It's just so relaxing to be able to read whenever and wherever. I have yet to plan for our Xmas dinner. I found an easy to do recipe of chocolate mousse on the net and I will try it. kahlil celebrated his 10th at Bangad. Food was courtesy of Lolo Jun. It was nice to see the family. I'm especially happy that my brother seems to have found his groove back. More on this later.

Feb. 16th, 2014


my life is as it should be. thank you lord for my husband and my kids.

Feb. 11th, 2014

february entry

hello blog, i thought of you just now. good thing i still remember the password for this. i have a lot of things to do. give me the inspiration to finish, my muse!
i received a text from him asking for 5 peso-pasaload. i felt pity and irritation. i didn't reply.

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