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I did…

.. have a few thoughts about a post for today. At almost 11pm, tired, frustrated and with the right arm hurting, all thoughts are lost in my head. Perhaps tomorrow, a night’s rest will help me remember the thoughts.

The weekend started very productive btw. I woke up early and had breakfast with the little one. Then I went to the market to do the weekly shopping, and got fresh fish! My sister was awake when I got home, so I dragged her to go walking with me. The weather was just right for walking, the sun was hiding behind clouds and there was soft, cold wind blowing. Walked for about 30 mins, not an easy feat, mind you. I usually give up in 20 mins hehe

My right arm has been hurting since Monday.  It didn’t hurt much early in the week, so I simply ignored it.  However, pain has been more pronounced since Friday morning.  I can’t even lift my wallet without feeling pain, which has always been  heavy, not with money bills but with coins! 😀  So dragged the Hubs to bring me to the clinic after lunch.  That trip to the clinic didn’t amount to much, the rehab doc already left for the day.  The on-duty doc saw me and just gave me referrals to see a rehab doc – next week!

Anyway…. Mama said that marriage is something you work on, hard.  And you just don’t get up, you pray for the marriage to work, pray harder for you to stay in the marriage.  It has been a day of short fuses for both me and the Hubs.  Just little things, that irritate and suck, big time.  Before I end my day, I pray for longer ropes… so short fuses won’t burn the house.  G’night!


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been tagged by Kaith

Rule: List all the names you were called by and the people who call you that. Tag at least 5 members of your contacts and give a comment on their site for them to know they’ve been tagged.

Girlie – Given by my Mom’s closest sister, coz she thought I was a very “girlie” baby.  All my cousins & relatives call me this.  My friends from back home also call me this, classmates and friends from grade school, high school and college too.

Girlash – A name from Girlie.  I think I started signing Girlash in High School, so my closest friends in High School and in UP call me Girlash.  This is my fav nickname 🙂

Gerlay – To my really really close friends.  And who can get away with calling me such 😀

Carina – A nick name I used when I started working.  Realized that Girlie might be too…. girlie 😛 So Carina it is.  Only friends/officemates call me by this.

Carins/Caring – Carins is what my closest friends at work call me.  Caring is a name my barkada when I started out at work call me and they still do.

Mommy  – to the Hubs and the Little boy.

Ate – To my parents and sisters.

Tagging Jerry, Chitgoks and Judisan.

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Weekend Awakening

We had a visitor last week and this the weekend.  My cousin R, on my Dad’s side, who’s leaving for Italy tomorrow to join her husband.  We grew up together, we were a batch of 6 cousins who did everything together when we were little.  But when I went to college in UP, I seldom went home and we just grew apart.  Until last week that is.  We spent the entire Saturday catching up on each other’s life, “tsismising” about other cousins and aunts.


She was able to spend one whole day at home, so she saw how the maid and the yaya were with my son.  And how my son is when they are alone at home.  I have complaints about little things that the Yaya and the maid do, like how I always have to tell them what to do, I keep repeating my instructions.  Or sometimes the maid acts like she’s owns our home, or even scolds my son when he doesn’t listen.  My cousin made me realized that though they’re not perfect, they’re good in some ways and mostly because they adore my son to bits.  For a mother, that’s the most important thing.  My son is safe with them, he won’t be hurt by them.  I have heard horror stories of kids being hurt by the yaya.  One officemate’s yaya pinches her daughter.  What an awful truth.


I’m pretty sure I would still get angry when they won’t follow what my exact instructions are.  I hope though, I would remember to be more tolerant. 
















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Feeling blah

The past few days I’ve been feeling really down.  Perhaps because I’ve been dog tired from the trip and the work.  Also probably because it was my birthday and you know how birthdays always comes with a bit of depression.  Probably also because I haven’t gone back to the swing of things, I missed the bus from our village which goes straight to Makati for 3 straight days.  So I had to commute longer.  Sucks bigtime.  Probably also because of all these financial news this week – Lehman does the bankruptcy dance, ML on the brink of.  And I feel like I don’t get the support from my manager.


I hate feeling blah.  But I guess it’s quite normal.  I think I just need to do a bit of shopping to release this… depression.  Or I need a massage.  Or I need my girls for gossip and rant.  Or I need breathe some fresh air, see green (the ones that grow).   Whatever that is I need, I hope I get this soon.  I wanna crawl out of this cave, back to my sunny, happy self.


I do have a lot to be thankful for, I know that.  This is really just an episode.  A short one, I dearly hope.


Ok, remind myself about my blessings:

  1. I have a wonderful and funny husband.
  2. I have a sweet, healthy and happy little boy.
  3. I have my parents who love me and sisters who respect me.
  4. I have a job, Which lets me travel and gives me a lot of elbow room
  5. I have really nice new bag J
  6. I have really nice 2 sets of earrings
  7. I got flowers on my birthday J
  8. Got an unexpected gift from a cousin
  9. Had a chance to hang out with a favorite cousin in Singapore
  10.   Got lots of birthday greetings from family & friends


That should tide me over.

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Happy Day! as my son would say :)

Happy Birthday little sister D!


You’re now 15, no longer the family’s baby girl. 

Sweet and caring.  Loving and spoiled.  Good girl with an attitude J


I wish you many great things.  I wish that you go after something you really like doing, whether it’s singing, drawing or interior design.  I wish you always know that we are here always to support you.  I wish that you’ll learn early that life is really what you make it, you have the power to make it beautiful.  I wish that you enjoy your teenage life to the fullest, have fun, be free, be young.


Love you always,


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Being sisters

I’ve been an only child for 11 years.  I was used to having my way all the time at home, getting 100% of my parents’ attention.  Then she came.  It wasn’t unexpected as my parents were really planning to conceive for so long and finally my Mom was pregnant.  I was in 5th grade when she finally came home.  A cute little one, very pretty, so little and so dependent on us.  I wasn’t jealous of her, never was.  She’s my little sister, the whole family has been waiting for her arrival.  She’s the favorite of all my cousins, coz she looked like a cute little doll who so closely resembled our Mom.


When she was growing up, I looked after her, gave her a bath, cut her hair, played with her.  I also taught her how to fight her battles when she came home crying after playing outside our house.  She’s sweet and is always child-like, even now that she’s 20.  When I started working, I showered her with gifts, she asked for something and I’d give it.  We never had much of sisterly bonding moments, like talking into the wee hours or even shopping together because I guess the age gap was too wide.


Now that she’s staying with us and going to college, we hardly have bonding moments.  The only times we hang out are when we go pick up our parents at the airport when they come to visit or on lazy weekend afternoons when she’d hang out at our room. 

However, lately I just scold her.  I feel bad though when I do this.  She’s my sister and she has no other family here in Laguna and all I do is scold her.  She’s a kind soul, for sure.  She’s just child-like, in fact she’s TOO child-like.  She likes  watching tv all the time.  She likes to linger using the internet: chatting, checking out Friendster profiles, changing her Multiply site or MySpace and Facebook.  She likes listening to LOUD music.  She likes junk food and hates vegetables.


She needs to be disciplined that’s for sure.  Am I supposed to do that since my parents are not here?  Sometimes I feel I’m too hard on her, and the maids just blow it all up.  I generally feel awful when I say bad things to her.  And I hate it when we quarrel.  She’s my sister and I love her to bits, I wonder why I forget that at times?

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