Tuesday, November 24, 2009

our timely prayer

Prayer of Spouses for Each Other

Lord Jesus, grant that I and my spouse may have a true and understanding love for each other. Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May we always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strengths. Help us to forgive one another’s failing and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of the other ahead of self.

May the love that brought us together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring us both ever closer to You through our love for each other. Let our love grow to perfection.

All these we pray in the mighty name of Jesus, AMEN!

Thanks to Kai for sharing this lovely prayer to us.

1... 2... 3!

By the time this post is published, husband and I are probably snoring our way through the night, while he snuggles me, as he always do for three years now.

Yes, today, the 24th of November, we are celebrating our third wedding anniversary. Time flies so fast! It’s already been three years of an exciting, sometimes disappointing yet comforting roller coaster ride.

While it would feel best to have a harmonious relationship ALL the time, the differences and arguments that pop up once in a while have helped us learn how to handle things better. We’re learning… continuously… and the love grows uncontrollably.

Whatever we have been through, and whatever storm we have survived in the past have just made us both more bonded to each other. We can just only pray to the Lord that He will bless us with more love, patience and understanding for us to brave any rain that might come our way in the next years of our marriage.

We’re just startin’, and I’m lovin’ it!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

smarter than a second grader

What I enjoy the most when I spend my weekend at my Mama's place is the opportunity to chat with my Kuya and his family. They have been staying in New Jersey for almost two years now, and I just miss spending time with my nephews. (Ok, Kuya, I miss spending time with you and Ate Aieh, too!) And it's only through video chat that I get to see the new addition to the family, Andie.

This morning, I spent almost two hours chatting with my nephew, Luis. It started with his stories of being chosen as a student of the month at his school, among 50+ other kids... moving to his latest addition of artwork at Artsonia... then to his latest collection of books. Yes, books! Books on National Geographic for Kids on various topics such as the space, sharks and others. He also has his Kid's Almanac for 2010. While he was eager to share what he had already read on those books, we had started this simple game of question and answer. He would ask questions, then I'd answer. Then I'd get my turn to ask, and he'd answer. Well, good thing that my PC ran SKYPE and GOOGLE at the same time without delay, otherwise, I might not be able to give correct answers. Com'on! Do you really still remember facts about ORCA? or the hummingbird's eggs? Well, at least he hasn't read yet that the highest waterfall is that of the Angel Waterfall in Venezuela, otherwise, I wouldn't be able to lead a score. LOL.

I had a great chat time with him. Next time, I'll prepare more questions, and I have to make sure I can get the answers right when he throws his are-you-smarter-than-a-fifth-grader type of questions! Take note, he's just a second grader... I wouldn't want to face the webcam and tell him "I may be your aunt and way older than you are, but I'm not smarter than a second grader like you!"


To satisfy my craving for chicken empanada from Red Ribbon, I requested Husband to drive me to the nearest branch after an afternoon meeting with a client yesterday.

Though I was happy that the empanada didn't fall short of my gustatory expectation (I had two pieces, actually), I was a bit disappointed with the carbonara meal that I have ordered for. I don't think that it was worth the price I paid for it. Even the palabok meal that Husband had was not good either... it was bland and the serving was small. As customers we are willing to pay the cost, and having said that, we hope that we also get the value of what we are paying for.

At any rate, I enjoyed our merienda because it was spent with Husband and my dear Mama.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Madonna Era

I got this from Angeli.

Simple rule: using only song names from one artist, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to 20 people. Try not to repeat a song title. It’s actually a lot harder than you think.

Pick your artist: MADONNA (who else? i grew up dancing and singing to her hits!)

1. Are you male or female? Material Girl
2. Describe yourself: Angel (hahahaha)
3. Describe your significant other: He's a Man
4. How do you feel about yourself? Beautiful Stranger
5. Describe where you currently live: La Isla Bonita
6. If you could be anywhere, where would you be? Secret Garden
7. Your favorite form of transportation: Easy Ride
8. Your best friend is: Candy Perfume Girl
9. Your favorite color is: Like a Virgin
10. What’s the weather like? Rain
11. Favorite time of day: Time to Dance
12. What is life to you? Something to Remember
13. What is the best advice you have to give? Express Yourself, Open Your Heart (I love giving advices, did you notice?)
14. If you could change your name, what would it be? Dear Jessie
15. Your favorite food is: Nothing Fails
16. Thought for the day: Live to Tell
17. How would I like to die: Vogue
18. My soul’s present condition: Like a Prayer
19. The faults I can bear: Lament, Love Profusion (i know, i listed two again...)
20. My motto: Laugh to Keep from Crying

It was harder than I thought because I couldn't make up my mind on which to list. It's fun though! Try it for yourself. :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

offer is good while supplies last

Tonight, instead of spending time on Facebook playing Cafe World or Farm Town, I chose to catch up on my reading. No, not of books, but of the few blogs that I have been following. And as I take inspiration from these blogs to post my own update, something I have been thinking earlier came to mind again.

Ever since Husband and I have received the news qualifying us to finally migrate to the land down under, our family and friends have been only telling us two things: 1. to spend time with people who matter; and 2. to feast on all the food we love to eat that may not be readily available there.

Well, we know that family and friends are the people that matter. As for the food, here is my personal list:

  1. Mama's cooking, that obviously I can't cook myself or that ingredients may not be available, like laing, sinaing na tulingan, adobong salinyasi, tortang dulong, kilaw na dilis, sinigang na kanduli sa miso... and this list could just go on and on...
  2. balaw-balaw ni Nanay Tonia (the mother of my dearest friend, Oneng) matched with nilagang upo with dalag
  3. street food - isaw, fishball, squid ball, kwek-kwek, tokneneng, and at times, adidas

We shall definitely take advantage of the remaining months to be with family and friends, and to feast on food that we would surely miss.