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Exactly Nine Months Later and On My Birthday

Me&TatsMy birthday often comes and goes without much hoopla because I’m not a fan of huge celebrations. I like spending it with friends and family and this year, on my birthday, it’s exactly nine months; that’s 273 days since we lost our  father last January 5.

I looked back at our photos and I realized I don’t have a lot of photos with my father (or with any of my family members) because most of the time, I’m the one behind the camera. But the rare times I have my picture with him or with the rest of the family, it’s because he orders my brother to take the camera from me so I can be in the photos as well. Feeling like a daddy’s girl! 😀

If I can have one wish on my birthday, I wish I can spend it with my Tatay. It’s been nine months but it still feels raw. On Friday nights, I miss seeing him lying on the couch, watching RJ tv or falling asleep as he wait for me to come home from my usual (or not-so-usual 😉 ) nightouts with friends. I miss his text messages written in all caps, not because he’s mad but he just likes to text that way. It’s so easy to overlook the little things because you got so used to it and when it’s finally gone, you miss it and wish you could have more of those things that you so carelessly ignored.

It’s a different birthday. Our first fatherless birthday. Yup, my sister and brother are also  October babies. Seems like they had us all timed just they wanted it.

In my grief, I’m still grateful. That I’m born with the parents that I have. They are so far from perfect but I love them to death. And my sister and brother and their little families too. And the friends and relatives who saw me from my pimply-faced teenage years to my less-repulsive face today. hahaha 😀 And those handful of people who saw me both at my best and worst, yet loved me anyway.  Thank you. And know that though I may not always show it, I do love you. Always.

To everyone who greeted me, thank you for taking time out to write a little message for me. It’s the little things that make for a beautiful day. Cheers to all of us! ♥

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Better Bones for Boystown Kids

It’s been years since I’ve personally gone on an outreach program; I would just usually contribute whatever our company or friends need for reasons ranging from conflicting schedules to just plain laziness.

But with the tie-up of our company with Better Bones Project last Saturday, August 17, it would be really shameless on my part if I don’t personally go. The venue is in Boystown Complex in Parang, Marikina; mere minutes away from our house. On foot.

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I got lost and joined another volunteer group I thought was joining our team. So there I was, attacking the rust like mad. 😀

A little side story. Imagine the humiliation if I’m late. And so I decided to be 15 minutes early and true enough, I was first in the venue. The wrong venue.

Based on the email I got, our activity was ‘milkfeeding/face painting“. Written on the admin’s whiteboard “milkfeeding/repainting“; it was supposedly a “joint activity” with a Christian community. So there I was, starting early on taking the rust out of the window grills with a steel brush, when I got a call that they are already setting up. It was a fun 30-minute chat with the other group of volunteers so I’m good. I bade them goodbye and went to the real venue.

From afar, I can already hear children’s voices and I walked faster. I’m excited but it also started to rain. 😉

So here are some photos of the activities that gave me something to smile in the next days to come. Because typhoon Maring brought with her Mr. Habagat (southwest monsoon rains) and they both just wrecked havoc in Metro Manila and the nearby provinces.

Cute kid showing off his "strength". After I took his photo, he went on to checked how he looked. Adorable!

Cute kid showing off his “strength”. After I took his photo, he went on to checked how he looked. Adorable!

Finally we were able to make them take their seats for the short program.

Finally we were able to make them take their seats for the short program. But there were still a few who were too excited to sit. Very typical of kids. 🙂

Spaghetti and fried chicken always win the heart of kids. :)

Spaghetti and fried chicken always win the heart of kids. 🙂

The first joint of our company with the people behind the Better Bones Project. Cheers!

The first joint of our company with the people behind the Better Bones Project. Cheers!

If you want to support Better Bones Project, you can contact them through their Facebook page or you can contact me and I’ll be very happy relay them to the BBP team.

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A Tin Can of Disappointment and Delight

I just think that the one who started the fad in the Filipino household of transforming these tin cans to sewing kits is evil. Hahaha :)

I just think that the one who started the fad in the Filipino household of transforming these tin cans to sewing kits is evil. Hahaha 🙂

Just imagine a kid’s disappointment when she opens the beautifully decorated tin can only to find needles and thread and whatnots instead of those butter cookies with granulated sugar on top. But it’s all good. 🙂

Cookies in tin cans were considered luxury in my childhood. It’s expensive and while my parents can probably buy us one, money was tight and it’s best to spend it on real food than butter cookies that we’re likely to demolish within minutes of opening it.

The very few times we actually have a tin can of these buttery delights, it will always be from customers in our salon or from our relatives abroad. These tin cans were never thrown away. It is usually recycled as a container of sorts but its common transformation in the Filipino household is a sewing kit. It was probably an idea of a mischievous person who delights in the disappointed faces of people. Who knows? Hahaha!

And so, I promised myself that one day, I will buy these things and enjoy it with my family. Having grown up with a fridge that’s just filled with food that we need and mostly bottles of water, I just have a simple wish. I want to open our fridge and find juice, milk, cake and ice cream. A kid’s simple wish. And I made good on that promise. 😉

I opened and there were real cookies inside! I just love it! :)

I opened and there were real cookies inside! I just love it! 🙂

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I Needed a Hanky on a Rainy Day

umbrellaOn a rainy day like this, I remember my dad insisting he will walk with me to the main street, armed with a huge umbrella, to get  a ride to the office. All because he knows I hate carrying a wet umbrella during commute. Yes, he understands my weirdness. 🙂

He will then put his arm on my shoulder and off we walk.

When my ride finally arrives, he’ll still have that umbrella on my head, then I’ll kiss him goodbye. And he’ll wait until the vehicle speeds away before he walks back home.

I remember this one passenger’s wistful look and I just smiled at her. I thought, how many fathers indeed do this to their grown-up kid? I guess we’re just lucky to have a father who’s sweet in his own way.

And today, I wished that umbrellas have the power to shield us not just from the rains but from heartaches and sadness brought forth by memories like this.

I terribly miss this man. To think that I told him he doesn’t have to do it because I have my umbrella anyway. But I’m just so thankful for those times that he insisted.

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It’s Definite, No Second Date

So I encountered McShuttle guy late last week again. Jeez! Just when I thought things can’t get any worse from our last meeting. It did.

Traffic was more horrible than usual and he was kind enough to offer if I want to watch something on his tablet. I thought, why not?

On his video list was Lourd De Veyra’s Wasak. I thought, why not? The guy’s sarcastic sense of humor kind of appeals to me in a way. He then chose an episode with a girl who’s unfamiliar to me. I can’t quite recall who she is then he said it was this sexy starlet. So I indulged him and his dawdy video for three minutes and after that I looked ahead and thought traffic jam was far more interesting than this piece of trash he’s watching.

He probably noticed I wasn’t watching anymore and asked “Di mo gusto? Boring ba?” To which I replied a simple, “Oo” matched with a sweet smile that belie the annoyance that I was actually feeling. Then I can’t help adding, “Wala namang substance yang pinapanood mo. hehehe” He gave out a weak laugh and said, “Grabe ka naman.” And so he rummaged through his list again and let me watch an episode this time of Wasak with Kamikaze. Seriously. Nothing against them but I don’t listen to their kind of music.

Nevertheless, I watched for about six minutes this time and had to give back his other earphone. Then he asked, “Ayaw mo na?” To which I replied, “Oo, nakakahilo din manood eh.”  I then proceeded to listen to my iPod when he asked, “Ano pinapakinggan mo?” I said, “Ay, you won’t like it eh.”

Then I feigned my head was aching terribly and ignored him. The civil-me won over beeotch-me. Goojab! 😛

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