Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Brother Eraño G. Manalo, dies at 84

It is truly a sad day for all our brethren in the church, as we learn of the news of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Erano G. Manalo's death. Our family found out early this morning, before the news was shown on Net25.

Information from Inquirer.net:

"Eraño Manalo, religious leader of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, passed away in his home Monday, an official of one of the country’s largest religious groups said Tuesday.

Manalo, INC executive minister, passed away at 3:53 p.m. of August 31, said INC spokesman Bienvenido Santiago in a statement aired over the INC-owned television network Net 25 Tuesday morning.

Manalo was 84.

Quoting Manalo's doctor Rey Melchor Santos, Santiago said the religious leader died of cardiopulmonary arrest.

“Hinihiling namin na patnubayan ang buong Iglesia sa panahon ng matinding dalamhati (We request that the entire Church be guided during this time of severe grief),” Santiago said in a brief statement on television.

The wake will be open to the public later this Tuesday.

The remains of Manalo will be interred at the Templo Sentral of the INC in Quezon City, Santiago said.

The Iglesia, which has ministries around the world, is a known political force, voting as a bloc during elections."

After writing this blog entry, we are going to the INC Central Temple to meet with some relatives who are already inside the church, to view and pay tribute to our beloved Ka Erdy.

The flock is in grief, but it is as strong as ever, if not stronger... We will never forget our beloved brother. I vow to carry on...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Short Pause

I've been on a blogging hiatus since last week. This is not a personal choice. Our internet connection (thanks to PLDT - a local phone company) has been inconsistent for two weeks now. I can go online, yes, but unfortunately I can't do anything else because of the slow and fluctuating connection. I've been struggling to upload posts and images, without any success.

We are off to Europe this Saturday and hopefully, the internet connection at my sister's place is better. I will then be catching up on any meme backlogs and pending posts.

Watch out for new updates on this page. Thank God, I can update my Twitter!

Until then...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Manic Monday #2

It's another Manic Monday!

  • What is the longest love relationship (partner) you have had, and if it has ended, why?

The longest relationship I've had would be with my dear hubby :)

  • What is on your bedside table?

I have a night lamp, a book, tissue box and hand sanitizer, mobile phone and a photo of my son.

  • How many pillows do you have on your bed? Do you make your bed every day?

We have a total of 4 pillows on our bed. Yes, our bed is made every day.

Come join us at Manic Monday!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Photo Flashback #4

My sister and I outside church. Our Mama always dresses us alike (including our youngest sister). I have to admit it looks cute that way :)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Books for Less

Went to the German Embassy for our Schengen Visa last week and saw a little shop selling bargain books on the way to the lobby. Got everything for 400 pesos (about $8).

Here's my loot...

The Quidditch Through The Ages book (Harry Potter) is for Mommy *grin* and the rest is for little CB, of course!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Manic Monday #1

Playing in Manic Monday for the first time... Have a great week ahead!

  • Do you usually wear perfume/cologne? If so, what's your current favorite?

Yes, I have several perfumes and no particular favorite. What I have now - Harajuku Lovers Baby, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Miracle by Lancome, Burberry Summer, Lacoste Touch of Pink, Gucci Envy Me 2, Vera Wang and Chanel No. 5. I also borrow my son's cologne, Nenuco.

  • What's the last book you've read that you thought was really good? If you don't have one, what looks promising on your to-be-read list?

Just finished reading (again) One Hundred by Nina Garcia - It is about 100 timeless fashion pieces that every woman must have in her possession. Really helpful if you're planning to revamp your wardrobe.

  • Fill in the blank:

I wouldn't be caught dead... camping out/roughing it in the woods! I don't like bugs and I don't fancy the idea of not being able to wash/shower with hot water whenever I want to. I told my hubby I can do it if we rent an RV *smiles*

Join us on Manic Monday :)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Friday Photo Flashback #3 - A Tribute To My Papa

Papa passed away 3 years ago, but his memory still remains in our hearts.
You're my guide, my cheer leader and my inspiration.
I love you very much, Papa!


Friday, June 19, 2009

Mommy Moments #13 - That's My Dad!

My son and I are lucky that my hubby is a very patient and loving man. He enjoys spending time with CB eventhough he has tons of work to do. Some of the daddy-son bonding moments of my 2 boys.

Fun at the park

Goofing around with Dadda

Entertaining each other on the plane

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Mommy Moments #12 - Outdoor Fun

In Cebu right now and having fun in the sun with my family...

Hubby having a blast on the Edge Coaster, while we were enjoying the view

CB enjoyed his first waterslide at The Plantation Bay Mactan

Goofing around with his favorite toy for the trip, the anahaw fan

Friday, June 12, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wordless Wednesday #10

My little boy loves playing with my bags, especially the hardware...

Happy WW!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Ten on Tuesday #4 - 10 Favorite Things To Do During "Me" Time

10 Favorite Things To Do During "Me" Time

  1. Update my blogs

  2. Sleep

  3. Baking

  4. Pamper myself at the Spa

  5. Gym and Swim

  6. Coffee and Chat with my friends

  7. Play PC games - Luxor, Diner Dash and more.

  8. Watch my Sex And The City & Little Britain DVDs

  9. Surf the Internet

  10. And last but not the least... Shopping!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ten on Tuesday # 3 - 10 Great Songs from the Last Year

10 Great Songs From The Last Year

1. Viva La Vida by Coldplay

2. Disturbia by Rihanna

3. If I Were A Boy by Beyonce

4. I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry

5. Live Your Life by T.I. featuring Rihanna

6. So What by Pink

7. When I Grow Up by Pussycat Dolls

8. 7 Things by Miley Cyrus

9. With You by Chris Brown

10. Low by Flo Rida

Monday, June 1, 2009

Motherhood as a Career?

Here's something for all the SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and WAHM (work-at-home-mom) like me.

Moms who take care of their kids full-time should be given a more worthy title. It's just fair for someone who works full-time with no paid leaves and no overtime pay, isn't it?

Not sure who the author is, but if anyone knows the author I would love to credit them.

A woman named Ann renewing her driver’s license at the County Clerk’s office was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation. She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself. “What I mean is,” explained the recorder, “do you have a job, or are you just a …..?

“Of course I have a job,” snapped Ann. “I’m a Mom.”

“We don’t list ‘Mom’ as an occupation… ‘Housewife’ covers it,” said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like, “Official Interrogator” or “Town Registrar.”

“What is your occupation?” she probed. What made me say it, I do not know… The words simply popped out. “I’m a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations.”

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair, and looked up as though she had not heard right. I repeated the title slowly, emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

“Might I ask,” said the clerk with new interest, “just what you do in your field?” Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, “I have a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn’t), in the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out). I’m working for my Masters, (the whole family), and already have four credits, (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree)? I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money.”

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk’s voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants — ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby), in the child-development program, testing out a new vocal pattern. I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy! And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than “just another Mom.”

Motherhood... What a glorious career!

Does this make grandmothers “Senior Research Associates in the Field of Child Development and Human Relations” and great-grandmothers “Executive Senior Research Associates”? I think so! I also think it makes Aunts “Associate Research Assistants”.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Photo Flashback #1

My first post for Friday Photo Flashback. Join us and share your old photos!

This photo was taken when I was only 8 months old! The turban I wore is from Saudi Arabia, courtesy of a cousin who worked there. I had a Tweety top on! *smiles*

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wordless Wednesday #8

Here is CB playing with the clothes hangers from our laundry hamper! Goodness gracious! *faints*

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ten on Tuesday #2 - 10 Celebrities You're Tired Of

10 Celebrities You're Tired Of

1. Nadya Suleman aka Octo-Mom

2. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt

3. Jon & Kate Gosselin

4. Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson

5. Susan Boyle

6. Paris Hilton

7. Britney Spears

8. Holly Madison

9. Tom Cruise

10. G.W.Bush and Family

Monday, May 25, 2009

Friendship Tag

Thanks to Mandy of C'est La Vie for this tag!


1. Take your award here.
2. Put the logo on your post.
3. Link the person who awarded you.
4. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
5. Add links to those blogs on yours.
6. Leave a message for your nominees on their blog.

Passing this on to:

Joy of Mommy's Joy

Macy of Power of Two

Chris of The Mommy Journey

Elizabeth of All About Elizabeth

Bambie of Azumi - My Kawaii Princess' Story

Mai of Official Chosen Fate

Golden of One Proud Mom, One Proud Wife

Friday, May 22, 2009

Mommy Moments #9: Grandparents Bonding

My little boy is quite lucky to be enjoying time with his Grandparents. I only got to know my paternal Grandma when I was younger. It's just sad that CB didn't get to spend time with my Papa... I'm still thankful though, that he still has Mama Lola, Opa and Nana to shower him with love and guide him in his growing up years.

Here are some photos of my CB with his Grandparents...

CB and Mama Lola at the beach in Torquay, Australia

With Nana at home in Melbourne

Saying Goodbye to Opa after a day trip to Phillip Island

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday #7

He loves playing peek-a-boo and caught him doing it while he and his Dadda were walking infront of me. You can just see his tiny tooth doing a peekaboo too... so cute :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ten on Tuesday #1 - 10 Favorite Cities

My 10 Favorite Cities:

I have visited all the cities listed here and I wouldn't think twice to go back or possibly move to one of these places. *grin*

1. London - shopping and sightseeing is the best here. wish we could move here!

2. Paris - oh la la! one of the places we went to during our honeymoon... i fell in love with this city!

3. Gold Coast - i love the beach! nuff said :)

4. Singapore - great transportation system and best airport in the world

5. Melbourne - my hubby's hometown and great for arts

6. Las Vegas - this city is open 24/7! it has something for everyone, not just for gamblers!

7. Sydney - it has everything - beach, mountains and the big city.

8. San Francisco - unpredictable, and that's what i like about this city.

9. Los Angeles - a dose of hollywood celebs and the shopping is great.

10. Manila - of course, my hometown! wherever i go, i keep coming back to this place.